Saturday, June 11, 2022

Indian Money for British Wars

In the nineteenth century, the starving Indian peasant was bearing the burden of Britain’s military adventures in Asia. The British Empire paid for its wars in Afghanistan (1842), Persia (1856—1857), Burma (three wars between 1824 and 1885), and China (two opium wars between 1839 and 1860) from the revenues that they were generating by squeezing the starving Indian peasant. The Indians were not consulted before the British decided to fight these wars—if the Indians had been consulted, they would have found more urgent use for their nation’s wealth.

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