The British Goverment, apparently is looking to make the study of the history of the ‘British Empire’ compulsory in schools. I suggest they change the name of the course to the “History of British Colonization’ and Ruthless Exploitation”. Or ” The mess we left behind”.
History always has had different points of view. All the British history books called the events that took place in India in 1857 as the ‘Great Indian Mutiny’ and i I was always taught it as ‘The 1857 Revolution’. The revolt and not the mutiny.
What is far far far more important these days is to teach children the dangers of colonization. That the roots of terrorism we face today lay in the colonization by the western world. By foriegn invaders coming and looting natural resources, altering natural poltical and social systems, destroying cultures, and finally walking out by dividing the lands they leave into arbitary and self serving boundaries.
And half a century later, India and Pakistan are still at war. Afganistan still lies in tatters. The Balkans are constantly in civil strife, all of Africa is still tryng to find it’s roots that were destroyed by centuries of colonial exploitation.
Honestly, the ‘white sahib’ has a lot to account for. To pay for. And continues to do so today as the musket has been exchanged for the tank and ariel bombardment in places like Iraq,
And how dare they now celebrate the word ‘Empire’ ?