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Love for India – really?

t is no secret that Conservatives are very worried about their party's standing in ethnic minority communities and therefore anything is possible before the elections!

British High Commission in India informs that imports of Alphonso mangoes and other varieties of the fruit grown in India will soon resume as the ban on these mangoes that was to last till December 2015, has now been lifted – mango is the most liked fruit for people from the Indian background and the mango season starts before May.

Some Tory MPs struggling to survive in their marginal seats like Harrow East, are endlessly chanting  Om shanti, shanti, shanti.

But the big vote-grabbing event was the unveiling of a new statue of Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square near other statues including that of Sir Winston Churchill.

Speaker after speaker at the unveiling ceremony talked about Gandhi’s place in political history but failed to mention or apologies for the way Gandhi was treated by the imperialists in the colonial past.

On 5th May 1930, William Wedgwood Benn MP, the secretary of state for India, informed the Commons (HC Deb 05 May 1930 vol 238 cc598-600) that, “Mr Gandhi was arrested this morning and is detained under the Bombay State Prisoners' Regulation of 1827” after bloody riots in Madras, Calcutta and Peshawar.

About 56 years later, Mr Benn’s son Tony Benn MP clarified (HC Deb 16 April 1986 vol 95 cc875-962), “The word ‘terrorist’ reflects the view one takes of certain actions. The attack upon people who are troublemakers—sometimes they are called terrorists or nationalists—is also part of our history” and reminded the Commons that Gandhi was described by Churchill as a "half-naked fakir loping up the stairway of the vice-regal lodge to parley on equal terms with representatives of the King emperor"  - “So much for Churchill, the old imperialist. He had contempt for Gandhi, although Gandhi was not a terrorist” and he added, “The story of the British empire is that one begins as a terrorist and ends up by having tea with the Queen”. 24/3/15

   

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