Britons suffer ‘historical amnesia’ over atrocities of their former empire, says author

‘Britain came to one of the richest countries in the world in the 18th century and reduced it, after two centuries of plunder, to one of the poorest’

Britons suffer “historical amnesia” over the atrocities and plunder committed by their empire, Indian MP and authorShashi Tharoor has said.

Dr Tharoor said the British educational system failed to tell the real story of empire, and claimed Britain would have to accept Indian workers and students freely moving across its borders if it wanted to sell its goods in Indian markets following Brexit.

The former UN under-secretary general was speaking to Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, and was introduced as “one of the world’s foremost diplomats”. He is the author of 15 best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction, all of which address Indian history, culture and society.



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