Tag: Bengal Famine

Bengal Famine: The Hottest of Churchill Debates

Bengal Famine: The Hottest of Churchill Debates

Bengal 1943-44

Most pop­u­lar by far: On both the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project web­site and this one, more read­er com­ment is engen­dered over Churchill’s role in the 1943 Ben­gal Famine than any oth­er sub­ject. A lot of it, pro and con, is by Indi­ans them­selves. This is under­stand­able. The food short­age that rav­aged Ben­gal in 1943-44 was the great­est human­i­tar­i­an cri­sis in India’s his­to­ry. Up to three mil­lion peo­ple died—5% of the province’s pop­u­la­tion. Pro­por­tion­al­ly, think 16 mil­lion Amer­i­cans.

The book that start­ed the con­tro­ver­sy, Churchill’s Secret War, is now eight years old.…

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Assault on Winston Churchill, 2018: A Reader’s Guide

Assault on Winston Churchill, 2018: A Reader’s Guide

Assault count: Since I am los­ing track, I thought it would be con­ve­nient to cre­ate an index to smears of Win­ston Churchill fol­low­ing the film Dark­est Hour. Note the sim­i­lar­i­ty of top­ics. Many writ­ers feed off each oth­er, repeat­ing the same dis­proven argu­ments. Nev­er do they check Churchill quotes or The Churchill Doc­u­ments —which prove them irre­triev­ably wrong. The order is most recent first. . Assault and battery… Assault of 10 Octo­ber: His­to­ri­an Andrew Roberts was attacked for over­look­ing old chest­nuts list­ed below, and two new ones. Appar­ent­ly Churchill drove Gertrude Bell to sui­cide and deval­ued the pound.…

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Indians Again: No Oscars for Movies about War Criminals

Indians Again: No Oscars for Movies about War Criminals

If some peo­ple have any­thing to say, Gary Old­man and Dark­est Hour are inel­i­gi­ble for praise. “Oscars cel­e­brate Win­ston Churchill,” writes Tom Black­well in the Van­cou­ver Sun. “Some won­der if he was more war crim­i­nal than war hero for starv­ing Indi­ans.”

No doubt some peo­ple also won­der if it rains up.

Fair and Balanced?

Mr. Black­well makes a weak effort at bal­ance, quot­ing Arthur Her­man, emi­nent author of Gand­hi and Churchill. “Absent Churchill,” Her­man says, “Bengal’s Famine Would Have Been Worse.” He lists the true caus­es of the Ben­gal famine—which were many and varied—and Britain’s efforts to relieve the plight of Indi­ans.…

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