Kultur/Historia – Svälten i Bengalen 1943

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BENGAL FAMINE 1943

(A little reminder, Your Majesty)

THIS FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST COMMITTED BY BRITISH IMPERIALISM WAS CAUSED BY THE DIVERSION OF SHIPPING NORMALLY USED TO BRING FOOD TO BENGAL. THE SHIPPING WAS USED INSTEAD TO BRING MILITARY SUPPLIES TO THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA IN 1942.

According to Dr. Gideon Polya, a professor in Victoria, Australia, the 1943-44 famine that killed an estimated 3.5 to 5 million people in Bengal was “man-made”. Dr. Polya says that “the British brought an unsympathetic and ruthless economic agenda to India” and that “the creation of famine” was brought about by British “sequestration and export of food for enhanced commercial gain.”

Carlos Martinez on the ‘travesty of the blood-soaked’ British Queen’s Diamond Jubilee:

”We don’t need jubilee celebration, we need discussion about British people’s complicity in imperial crimes. In 1943, while the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ was happening, 7-10 million died in the Bengal Famine, an entirely preventable tragedy caused principally by British imperial policy.

Millions died in India, China, Brazil, Ireland, Southern Africa and elsewhere as a result of the policies of the British Empire. Britain has engaged in brutal neo-colonial wars from Yugoslavia to Libya, killing hundreds of thousands in the name of oil profits and geostrategic interests.

To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee is to spit on the graves of the victims.

We don’t need a celebration; we need a national discussion about how ordinary British people could have stood idly by while these despicable crimes were carried out in their name”.

Yours,

The Bengal Dead

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