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Post time 2012-8-7 11:31:23 |Display all floors
Chegsyboy Post time: 2012-8-7 11:15
But he completely fails to address the FACT that there was a 3 year drought due to failing monsoon ...
................. and during the famine he opposed the humanitarian attempts of people such as the Prime Minister of Canada, Louis Mountbatten, Viceroy General Wavell, and even of Japanese collaborationist leader Subhash Chandra Bose. The hypothesis can be legitimately advanced that the extent of the Bengal Famine derived in part from sustained, deliberate policy.



It has already been shown that there was enough food  ..............

But distribution was the problem  ...........

The articles would suggest .......

Ignored would be a better hypothesis  ............



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Post time 2012-8-7 12:41:35 |Display all floors
expatter Post time: 2012-8-7 11:31
It has already been shown that there was enough food  ..............

But distribution was the  ...

Of course one has to remember that demonstrations against British rule were frequent at the time, as were acts of civil disobedience. Needless to say that all this did not endear the Indians to the prime minister who allegedly had a very low regard for them.

In the end he did ask for US assistance in transporting Australian grain to India.
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Post time 2012-8-7 12:54:44 |Display all floors
TheHermit Post time: 2012-8-7 12:41
Of course one has to remember that demonstrations against British rule were frequent at the time,  ...

True  .........

When assistance got there is was already too late  ........

As the famine was ignored in the first place  .......

India always had failed monsoons every 10 - 20 years and the Indian rulers knew this and provisioned for them ........

This dynamic changed under British rule where there was no provision, in fact the British broke much of the caste and family system to create a massive pool of landless aid-needy workers to build railways and other infrastructure  ..........

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Post time 2012-8-7 13:01:20 |Display all floors
expatter Post time: 2012-8-7 12:54
True  .........

When assistance got there is was already too late  ........

Definitely not one of the Empire's greatest hour, with Churchill allegedly saying "They are a ghastly race, with a ghastly religion and they breed like rabbits"
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Post time 2012-8-7 13:06:48 |Display all floors
TheHermit Post time: 2012-8-7 13:01
Definitely not one of the Empire's greatest hour, with Churchill allegedly saying "They are a ghas ...

That is one of the problems in that many do not want to know about the dark-side of Britain's past  .........

The Boers who starved to death in the first concentration camps in the world, and many other shocking crimes such as 'world' drug dealer  ...........


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Post time 2012-8-7 13:21:37 |Display all floors
expatter Post time: 2012-8-7 13:06
That is one of the problems in that many do not want to know about the dark-side of Britain's past ...

Inconvenient truths are seldom welcome, my friend.
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Post time 2012-8-7 13:25:30 |Display all floors
TheHermit Post time: 2012-8-7 13:21
Inconvenient truths are seldom welcome, my friend.

They are certainly not welcome here  ..........        



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