It is one of the most breathtaking and wondrous sights to behold and yet every-time I see it, it leaves me a tad melancholy. It had the air of a grand old woman who had drunk out of the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom of it. To say beauty has a price, in this case atleast, would be spot on. The Taj Mahal is a national treasure that weeps for not only the dead who are buried in her foundations, but also the living who flock to see her.
Built in loving memory by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz after she died giving birth to his 13th child (clearly no family planning there), the Taj Mahal was adorned with innumerable jewels, its beauty radiant even under the moon. Today it is but a sad, desolate reminder of the love a man had for his wife and now a country for its heritage. A reminder of a time gone by, India is now but a sad reflection of its past. The grand old woman who lost her diamonds and her wealth to those who cheated and looted her walls and her sanctity.
Despite the dire conditions of todays poverty, economists of the world tell us that the country is progressing and they have the numbers to prove it- but then how do you explain the workers who earn less than $1 a day to feed themselves and their families? Its like Mr. Shashi Tharoor said during an interview for his book, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, how will you appreciate where you’re going?”
It’s a sad fact that today, we as Indians seem to have a colonial hangover and are obsessed with all that come out of the west- whether TV shows, clothes or sadly even culture. Indians are quick to forgive and forget, but please- to my fellow people, don’t do that this time. Over the years that pass by, it is only our heritage and culture that keeps us in faith.
More than 35 million Indians died through the 200 years of British rule in India. That’s millions more than the genocide of the Native Americans in USA or the Concentration camps in Nazi Germany. At the Start of the 18th Century, India was the richest country in the world with flourishing textile and shipping industries; 200 years later, we were the poorest. We were considered as a “beastly people with a beastly religion” by the person that the British hail as a hero, Winston Churchill.
The historical amnesia that pervades not only the British, but also the entire developed world regarding Colonial India and its grotesque defiling at the hands of the British. The fact that the “empire” does not teach its history to its full capacity means that its people are blissfully unaware that they are the offspring of an evil genocidal institution. That this great country owes more than its current wealth 5 times over to India, would be an understatement.
Some preposterous claims often come it at this point to the tune that should Britain also go back and ask for compensation for the havoc wrecked upon it by its invaders? It is here that I would like to point out to those ignorant, blasphemous idiots, the concept of timelines. If the so-called developed nations can force Germany to pay for its war crimes after World War 2, then why cant India do the same? Atleast we’d be in the same century then. Who ever invaded Britain and pillaged it, definitely did not do so in the 20th Century. The little more learned, at this point would also hazard a claim that the British Empire was responsible for India’s Industrial revolution, Railroad system and the modern system of democracy.
Balderdash! India’s industrial revolution was delayed by a century at the hands of the British, it only came into swing during the World wars, when Britain required forces. The railroad system was made by the British for themselves to transport English made goods and Englishmen across vast distances. As far the modern system of democracy was an outcome of the civil rights movement and fall of monarchy in Italy and other parts of Europe. If it were upto Britain, we’d still be wearing loincloths and pulling their carts. After all, we paid for our own enslavement.
But lets backtrack here- India was not the only colony which was enslaved by these mongrels. Many other countries have and still might be going through this fate. However, after all is said and done, the current generation of those egotistical megalomaniacs would say that they are not responsible for the faults and decisions of their forefathers, that we should forget about it and move on. But don’t you people understand that we still have to live with that mistake? Millions of people died for the mistake your people made. Perhaps if your families had been torn apart and decimated like cockroaches, you wouldn’t be too quick to forget it.