leader says it is not a question of how much money is required
for reparation, but about the principle to pay someone back
for the atrocities that have been committed against Indians.
diplomat and former Indian minister of state for external
affairs Shashi Tharoor took part in a debate at the Oxford
Union recently, arguing for the motion that put to the house
whether Britain should pay reparations for its colonial excesses.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP tore through the myths of any "benevolence"
by British colonisers, and eloquently demolished the arguments
routinely made to whitewash the excesses of the island nation's
aid to India is 0.4 percent of India's GDP," said Tharoor.
"The government of India actually spends more on fertiliser
subsidies, which might be an appropriate metaphor for that
the debate, which Tharoor's side won by 185 to 56 votes, the
59-year-old former UN official unearthed a series of statistics
to point India's financial decline due to Britain's ill-gotten
gains. Read more.
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