By Rachel Lobo
How to destroy a people?
How to recreate history?
Convince them they are subordinate
The colour of their eyes, hair and skin
The shape of their lips and nose
The way they interact in their primitive, unsophisticated tongue
Their over-reliance on non-verbal gestures to communicate seemingly mundane messages
Make them less than what YOUR society consider to be human
Create legislation, doctrines and treaties
Detailing how “a foul race protected by their pollution from the doom that is their due”
can strive to be educated
and on the inside, become useful for the likes of you.
“They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”
Plunder their homes, natural resources, sacred sites
Force them to convert to the one true religion,
Spread this all-saving, all-forgiving faith through the demonstration of contradictory virtues
As many methods to Subjugate, wherever possible.
to the fact,
Their pain isn’t real.
No sympathy, empathy or compassion is considered worthy
Of any other humanising characteristics
Reserved For Whiteness.
Divert their grain towards your more deserving civilisation
“They breed like rabbits… why isn’t Gandhi dead yet?” said the ever-revered Churchill.
“4 million, what’s another few dead?” says the white soldier striding pompously, well-fed.
the British-speaking elites are beholden to thee,
Forgiveness too easily played as their card,
Ignorance is synonymous with their advancement,
A pat on the head, a rub on the belly
Rewards not passed down to those snuffed out
Nor their families
And further insulted
by the Manipulated, White-Washed History.
No Records of the truth.
Although you could not physically hold us for long,
Your ideology has won,
Your Imperial Romance,
31 Famines, 120 Years of Rule!
Why not celebrate these Sub continental achievements?
Oh, great massacrists of the 20th century.
The above piece was inspired by the often forgotten 1943-44 Bengal Famine, which occurred under British Colonial Rule. Rakesh Krishnan Simha, New Zealand-based journalist and foreign affairs analyst, recently wrote an article titled “Remembering India’s Holocaust”, which would be a great place for one to start their reading if they’d like to delve further into educating themselves on this often overlooked atrocity.