ERASED FROM RECORDS: THE BENGAL FAMINE 1943

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The after effects of the Bengal famine.

In the winter of 1942 Bengal was reduced to nothing by series of cyclones which caused floods, in addition to this a fungus attacked the rice cultivation which left 90% of rice destroyed. This opened doors for an unwelcomed guest: famine.

But what made this famine so severe that even after decades the affects need to be questioned? Well, to begin with in the brink of World War Two in which India had to fight without even a notice, Japan troops were making their way up to Bengal, and Britain in surprise hoarded all the rice for their troops back in Europe. Not just that, with the incoming of refugees from Burma, there was a high demand for rice and grains, which just wasn’t there anymore. The lack in supply caused an inflation by 4 times, forcing the poor to sell their assets, and the landless to await their slow death.

An estimated 4 million people died in the Bengal holocaust, only due to poor policies made by the British. The ridiculous bit is that there is scarcely any mention of this catastrophic murder of people by the then Prime Minister Mr. Churchill, who lauded by saying, “if food is scarce, why hasn’t Gandhi died yet?” there is absolutely no mention of this in textbooks or Biographies or Churchill.

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Astonishing however how we tend to praise Mr. Churchill and not teach our generations about this massacre.

Today, when you look around your society and environment, when you look at policies being made, and politicians being praised, stop and think, if you can see a Bengal Holocaust happening right before your eyes.

-Demetrius Jacob

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