Churchill: The Butcher of Bengal

Churchill’s Famine?
A new book indicts Britain’s wartime PM for millions of deaths in the 1943 Bengal famine

This is an explosive new book that shows what kind of a racist and imperalist scoundrel Churchill was. This lout’s hatred of Hinduism and Hindus was responsible’ for his decision to allow 30 million Indians to starve to death in an artificially-created famine in Bengal. The man was a monster. One feels like weeping at the pictures of small kids abandoned by their mothers. I wish somebody could have taken Churchill’s cigar and shoved it up his fat backside.

Read this book if you can. For those in India, Churchill’s Secret War is available from FlipKart for Rs 371 (including home delivery charges). I just ordered a copy.

Here is something from Amazon about the book:

Misremembered as a placid imperial bastion during WWII, India was in fact racked by famine and insurrection, according to this searching history. Mukerjee (The Land of Naked People) surveys a country seething with violence, as Congress Party militants agitating for independence turned to rioting and assassination campaigns after bloody police crackdowns, and an army of Indian guerrillas fought alongside the Japanese against the British.

The author’s centerpiece is a chronicle of the 1943 Bengali famine, in which at least 1.5 million died while British authorities continued exporting Indian grain. She blames the disaster on British policy, which, she argues, sought to extract as much war production and food as possible from India while printing money to pay for it; the resulting inflation priced food beyond the reach of the poor.

Mukerjee sets her well-researched chronicle amid heartbreaking scenes of starvation, bloodshed, and pungent portraits of Winston Churchill and his advisers as studies in racial disdain and deluded imperial nostalgia. This gripping account of a historical tragedy is a useful corrective to fashionable theories of benign imperial rule, arguing that a brutal rapaciousness was the very soul of the Raj.

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Publisher Comments:

A dogged enemy of Hitler, resolute ally of the Americans, and inspiring leader through World War II, Winston Churchill is venerated as one of the truly great statesmen of the last century. But while he has been widely extolled for his achievements, parts of Churchill’s record have gone woefully unexamined.

As journalist Madhusree Mukerjee reveals, at the same time that Churchill brilliantly opposed the barbarism of the Nazis, he governed India with a fierce resolve to crush its freedom movement and a profound contempt for native lives. A series of Churchill’s decisions between 1940 and 1944 directly and inevitably led to the deaths of some three million Indians. The streets of eastern Indian cities were lined with corpses, yet instead of sending emergency food shipments Churchill used the wheat and ships at his disposal to build stockpiles for feeding postwar Britain and Europe.
 
Combining meticulous research with a vivid narrative, and riveting accounts of personality and policy clashes within and without the British War Cabinet, Churchill’s Secret War places this oft-overlooked tragedy into the larger context of World War II, India’s fight for freedom, and Churchill’s enduring legacy. Winston Churchill may have found victory in Europe, but, as this groundbreaking historical investigation reveals, his mismanagement–facilitated by dubious advice from scientist and eugenicist Lord Cherwell–devastated India and set the stage for the massive bloodletting that accompanied independence.

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14 responses to “Churchill: The Butcher of Bengal

  1. Now the Jihadi Neandrathals are butchering Hindus

    http://www.haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=12073&SKIN=B

    http://hindusamhati.org/

    NO RESPITE DESPITE ARMY PRESENCE. TODAY MORNING AGAIN MUSLIMS ARE ATTACKING DIFFERENT HINDU VILLAGES AROUND KARTICKPUR AWAY FROM THE MAIN ROAD.

    HINDU WOMEN ARE FLEEING FROM BISWANATHPUR TOWARDS KARTICKPUR AS A LARGE MUSLIM MOB IS PROCEEDING FROM DOGACHHIA SIDE. POLICE IS TOTALLY HELPLESS. SEVERAL RAF PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN SEVERELY BEATEN UP BY THE MUSLIMS. EVEN ARMY IS UNABLE TO STOP THE MUSLIM MOB.

    “KHEJURDANGA KARMAKAR PARA” VILLAGE JUST NOW BURNT. IT IS 2 KM. INSIDE FROM THE MAIN ROAD. ARMY IS NOT GOING THERE.

    WOMEN ARE SCARED. ARMY IS NOT GOING INSIDE AS THEIR NUMBER IS TOO SMALL, ONLY ABOUT 200

    SITUATION EXTREMELY WORSE. HINDUS ARE WAITING FOR MASSACRE. ALL SIDES ARE BLOCKED BY THE MUSLIMS. NO ROUTE TO ESCAPE.

  2. Indian

    Churchill is held in the highest regard by many Brits from the far-right to the liberal left especially among the elites. There is at least one statue of him in England, and he was voted Greatest Briton not so long ago. Not bad for a racist mass murderer. What’s more the Brits are fond of repeating that they should stop apologising for the empire, when of course they have never once apologised for it, must be one of their little jokes. And what a great benefit it was for Indians and how Britons should take pride in it. They should hang their heads in shame. The article does make one want to weep, especially the descriptions of the children. I don’t think it would stir many Goras hearts though.

  3. Vijay

    The fact is that Churchill was the butcher of Bengal and ensured more people died of famine (powered by the British), then the poor Jews in the concentration camps.

    It is just that the British media has made a hero of the war criminal and the person responsible for the holocaust of India.

    Important for the Indian text books to be updated as per the exact fact rather than the British propoganda.

  4. answertoyourquestion

    1943 is not the only genocide.
    it happened in bengal in the 1760s.
    then in 1870s and 1890s. about 20 times the british have created artificial famines in india.

  5. som

    RELIGION NOT THE CRING NEED OF INDIA
    20th September 1893

    Christians must always be ready for good criticism and I hardly
    think that you will mind if I make a little criticism- ou
    Christians, who are so fond of sending out missionaries to save the
    soul of the heathen – why do you not try to save their bodies from
    starvation? In India, during the terrible famines, thousands died
    from hunger, yet you Christians did nothing. you erect churches
    all through India, but the crying evil in the East is not religion
    – they have religion enough -but it is bread that the suffering
    millions of burning India cry out for with parched throats. They
    ask us for bread, but we give them stones. It is an insult to the
    starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to the
    starving man to teach him metaphysics. In India a priest that
    preached for money would lose caste and be spat upon by the people.
    I came here to seek aid for my impoverished people, and I filly
    realized how difficult it was to get help for heathens from
    Christians in a Christian land.[Swami Vivekananda]
    Famines inBritish India between 1765 and 1947 Year,Name of famine (if any),British territory [1]769–70Great Bengal Famine Bihar, Northern and Central Bengal10 million, (about one third of the then population of Bengal [2] 1783–84,Chalisa famine,Delhi, Western Oudh, Eastern Punjab region, Rajputana, and Kashmir Severe famine. Large areas were depopulated. Up to 11 million people may have died during the years 1782–84.
    [3]1791–92 ,Doji bara famine or Skull famine Hyderabad, Southern Maratha country, Deccan, Gujarat, and Marwar One of the most severe famines known. People died in such numbers that they could not be cremated or buried. It is thought that 11 million people may have died during the years 1788–94 [4]1837–38 ,Agra famine of 1837–38,Central Doab and trans-Jumna districts of the North-Western Provinces (later Agra Province), including Delhi and Hissar800,000 [5]1860–61Upper Doab of Agra; Delhi and Hissar divisions of the Punjab,Eastern Rajputana,2 million [5]1865–67,Orissa famine of 1866,Orissa (also 1867) and Bihar; Bellary and Ganjam districts of Madras,1 million (814,469 in Orissa, 135,676 in Bihar and 10,898 in Ganjam)
    [6]1868–70,Rajputana famine of 1869,Ajmer, Western Agra, Eastern Punjab,Rajputana,1.5 million (mostly in the princely states of Rajputana)
    [7]1873–74,Bihar famine of 1873–74,Bihar,An extensive relief effort was organized by the Bengal government. [8]1876–78Great Famine of 1876–78 (also Southern India famine of 1876–78)Madras and BombayMysore and Hyderabad6.1 to 10.3 million [9]1888–89Ganjam, Orissa and North Bihar150,000 deaths [10]Ganjam. Deaths were due to starvation as famine relief was not provided in time.
    [11]1896–97,Indian famine of 1896–97, Madras, Bombay Deccan, Bengal, United Provinces, Central Provinces,Northern and eastern Rajputana, parts of Central India and Hyderabad,5 million
    [12]1899–1900,Indian famine of 1899–1900,Bombay, Central Provinces, Berar, Ajmer,Hyderabad, Rajputana, Central India, Baroda, Kathiawar, Cutch,1 million [13]1905–06,BombayBundelkhand,235,062 [14]1943–44,Bengal famine of 1943, Bengal,4.5 million
    Is it not time that the descendants of the victims of The Great Holocaust of Bengal sought compensation from the present Government of the United Kingdom? Is it possible to initiate a criminal case against Winston Churchill and all those who were in power during 1942-45 (or during 1765-1947) in British Government? Is that too much to ask for? Do you believe that the systematic murder of six million white-skinned Jews was a crime worthy of punishment, while the killing of thirty million black-skinned people of Bengal does not even deserve a footnote in history?

  6. narendra

    Here is what bullshit Amartya Sen wrote in his books and told in all foreign TV channels till be frothed from his cancer affected mouth.
    1) There was adequate food in Bengal at the time of the great famine in 1943.

    2) There was NO need for Churchill to send rice to India .

    3) Diverting grain ships from Australia passing India enroute to Suez Canal every few days, was NOT necessary

    4) Bengalis did panic buying and greedy hoarding in a disgraceful manner.

    5) The local administration consisting of mainly Bengalis were corrupt and inefficient in food distribution.

    6) How incompetence and corruption can cause famine in a land of plenty.

    7) Root cause of famine was inflation and speculative hoarding by Bengalis. It was NOT hoarded by British for the army.

    8) Food was stocked 13% more in Bengal than in 1943 than in 1941. Hence it was OK for Churchill to export food from India.

    9) Famine cannot exist in proper democracy. ( India under princely states never had famine )

    10) 1943 famine was a local Bengali man made thing. The incompetence was native NOT of the British.

    11) Bengali producers exported food.

    12) Wages of labourers was NOT in par with food prices. Enough food was there , believe me, I saw it in the local bania godowns .

  7. Tejpal

    I am glad that more and more awareness is being created by such articles to disseminate the information. It should help the masses to escape future similar problems, hopefully.

    • karan

      @Tejpal
      Britishers squeezed last drop of blood of Indians,that had cause of 20 major man made famine during British raj.Nearly 90 million people died due to starvation.Large no. of whom nigher buried nor cremated.
      So,after independence we found ourself poor.The land which was called
      “Golden bird” in1500 A.D.became poor like beggar in 1947 A.D.
      India had lost her self pride.
      AS KOFI ANNAN FORMER U.N.SECRETARY AND OUR PRESENT PRESIDENT OF NATION SAID RECENTLY THAT WE DO NOT NEED FOREIGN AID.
      ,WE ARE SELF SUFFICIENT NOW.WE ARE GIVING FOREIGN AID TO
      SO MANY COUNTRY,EVEN EUROPEAN UNION ALSO.WE ARE CONDUCTING OUR SPACE PROGRAM OF OUR OWN,WE ARE INTRODUCING LONG RANGE MISSILE OF OUR OWN.
      INDIA IS REGAINING HER SELF PRIDE AND STRENGTH.

      • Tejpal

        I know it a bit, if not fully. Remember, mere sentimental talks will not serve. There is need for action. I know present president personally. He was part of the system till yesterday. Do some home work for Modi, if you agree with me. He seems to be the only hope presently. It is my opinion.

  8. Tejpal

    narendra,
    You have listed a good number of nice points on Amartya Sen. Can you please indicate the source of your comments also, to make it perfect quotes. It may help it to reproduce boldly by others also.

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