Winston Churchill accused of genocide by Indian politician
The ABC show’s panel from the Melbourne writers’ festival talked about questions of colonialism, Charlottesville and western judgment of Muslims
Indian politician questions heroic legacy of Winston Churchill – video
An Indian politician drew robust applause from the Q&A audience when comparing Winston Churchill to “some of the worst genocidal dictators of the 20th century” because of his role in a catastrophic famine in Bengal.
Shashi Tharoor’s emphatic critique of British rule in India resonated during a discussion in which global thinkers and authors debated the moral status of the west and responses to racial, gender and economic inequality in the era of Donald Trump.
The Indian diplomat-turned-author and opposition MP also told the ABC show, broadcast from the Melbourne writers’ festival, that the world might have to learn to live with a nuclear North Korea, and that the nonproliferation treaty of superpowers was “the last existence of apartheid in international law”.
Tharoor said while Kim Jong-un was a “Stalinist dictator putting his people in great misery and poverty”, his bellicose pursuit of a nuclear arsenal in defiance of Trump’s threats appeared a “rational” form of “insurance against regime change” given what happened to Saddam Hussein.