One hundred years since the Amritsar massacre, probably among the worst violations in all of Britain's tenure in India and the phrases uttered still don't contain the word 'SORRY'. So much for the paragon of civility and refinement in the world. #shame
— Vidhi Lalchand (@VRLalchand) April 11, 2019
I’ve realised I’ve lost the appetite to write posts on the desktop but will happily type away on my mobile.
I guess I’m evolving into a reluctant shock jock. I was infuriated to hear that PM TM refused to apologise for Jallianwala Bagh.
I understand our Brown Lives don’t amount to much and generally are worthless but anyone with a cursory understanding of the events surrounding JB will know of the intense pain and humiliation that it caused.
As I have incorporated more of an Indian identity into my life (through marriage) I’m overwhelmed by the condescending and complex relationship Britain has with India.
They may call us Pakis and Pakistan May always be on the verge of failure but intermingled into all that is this strange respect mixed with fear. The people of the Turanian triangle may generally come from broken societies (take your pick of Pakistan, Iran or Afghanistan) but there is a fierce pride about them.
India, which is not so broken and an order of magnitude superior, doesn’t evidence that same sort of pride.
My instincts tell me that caste plays a deep and abiding role in Indian consciousness. It can never really be shaken off and that’s why Indian society has always had these crevices exploited by outsiders.
Hindus must deal with caste and Muslims must deal with their shitty religion. Simples!
I’ve also realised I constantly insult Islam because the Hinditva brigade will abide no criticism from Pakistanis (even though they claim we are one people).
So the best way to offset the claims that I’m an ISI agent (I should apply; I would love to be the Paki Bond) is by abasing Islam every opportunity I get. It’s not fair and I don’t feel right doing it but since I have an axe to grind with Islam over Hazrat Asia, it suits me as well.
My Tharoorian politics offline are galvanising to the extent that I’m looking to do a podcast on Saturday to honour the brave Sikh martyrs of Jallianwali Bagh, who perished so that we would not be born as slaves.
We were slaves of the British and the constant attempts to justify the British Empire in India obscured the fact that the Rape of India is not “simply scar” but one of the great tragedies of mankind.
I’m not concerned with the Muslim invasions but I’m focussed on colonialism and Empire, which is essentially resource extraction away from the colonies towards the Mother Countries. Furthermore rather than indigenous cultural and political development it implemented political structures wholly unsuited towards their environment. Whatever the issues with Chinese communism; there is something to be said when a country develops its own identity and structure.
I’ll be doing a podcast on Saturday to mark the awful atrocity of JB and my shame as a Brown Briton that the United Kingdom keeps a tight-lipped silence over it.
Whatever my personal opinion of Jeremy Corbyn is, I admire his courage and insistence that Britain must apologise. It is my conclusion that the ghosts of Jallianwala Bagh have had their revenge in the current Brexit drama. To see these once proud Islands be throughly humiliated and abased by a continent they once strutted about will sate the ghosts of this proud Sikhs, warriors of our Subcontinent and defenders of our Precious Punjab (which was merciless torn by the British in a final revenge).
As an Indian living in Britain I am deeply enraged and conflicted at how the government can't get its act together and apologise unequivocally for the genocide in Punjab in 1919. This should be a no-brainer.