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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 05:50 PM

Winston Churchill's Policies Responsible For Death of 3 Million Indians in 1943 Bengal Famine: Study

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New Delhi, March 30: A fresh study conducted by a lead researcher at the IIT-Gandhinagar has pinned the blame on former late UK prime minister Winston Churchill for the death of nearly 3 million Indians in the 1943 Bengal famine. The tragedy, found the research, was exacerbated by the policy measures enacted by the then colonial regime on Churchill's directions.

Vimal Mishra, an associate professor at IIT-Gandhinagar, headed the study which analysed weather data to gauge the amount of soil moisture between 1870 to 1943 -- the period in which India faced six major famines. Amal Hussain, Malnourished Yemen Girl Whose Famous Photo Turned World’s Eyes to Famine, Is Dead.

Mishra said the need for his study stemmed from the fact that India has faced no major famine after independence. To ascertain the proposition that the lack of irrigation facilities were reason behind the severe droughts, a study was undertaken by him.

During the course of the research, it was found that policy measures enacted to combat drought play a major role in determining the number of fatalities.

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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 06:37 PM

1. I wonder if the conclusion was reached before the study began.

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Response to PupCamo (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 06:47 PM

2. 1 million died in the Irish potato famine. Queen Victoria was

still a great monarch.

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Sat Mar 30, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. Churchill was a racist monster

I laugh when I see people deify him.

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Response to PupCamo (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 09:55 PM

4. I ain't gonna defend Winston

But I will point out the famine was right in the middle of WW2. Checking in Wikipedia they show civilian deaths in India as 2.1 million over the 6 years of war. Further, while India lost .58% of it's population the United Kingdom lost .94%. I'm not a big Churchill fan but these numbers present a slightly different perspective.

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