Getting pissed off about the East India Company

A long piece telling us how awful the East India Company was. In which we get this:

India was finally coming back into its own, they said, “after 800 years of slavery”. The Mughals, the EIC and the Raj had all receded into memory and Allahabad was now going to be part of India’s resurrection.

Hmm, what’s that? You mean the EIC stole it all from the Mughals who were also conquering looters?

My word, don’t we think we should make a little more of this? Or is only whitey to blame?

9 thoughts on “Getting pissed off about the East India Company”

  1. Company tax collectors were guilty of what today would be described as human rights violations. A senior official of the old Mughal regime in Bengal wrote in his diaries: “Indians were tortured to disclose their treasure; cities, towns and villages ransacked; jaghires and provinces purloined: these were the ‘delights’ and ‘religions’ of the directors and their servants.”

    Don’t give Ritchie any more ideas!

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    Andrew M – “Don’t give Ritchie any more ideas!”

    I look forward to his defence of British India as the prototype Courageous State! And all those trains and drains. Right up his ally actually.

    Clearly, opposing it was a form of illegal tax avoidance.

  3. “Or is only whitey to blame?”

    That’s a strawman if ever there’s been one!

    Doesn’t mention white people being to blame – article’s more about political corruption and crony capitalism and also uses modern India as an example of these evils.

  4. No doubt the average Guardian-reader is horrified to learn that the East India Company operated with just 35 permanent staff in London. Today’s Department for International Development (DFID) employs some 2,700 staff.

  5. Possibly an article about India running in an Iranian newspaper would do well to focus on the Mughals; it seems to make sense for one in a British newspaper to focus on Britain’s involvement?

  6. So Much for Subtlety

    Doug – “Doesn’t mention white people being to blame – article’s more about political corruption and crony capitalism and also uses modern India as an example of these evils.”

    Anyone who writes about political corruption and crony capitalism, putting the British on the bad side and the Mughals on the good side is a fool. And yes, it can only be motivated by a Guardian-esque self loathing.

    johnb78 – “Possibly an article about India running in an Iranian newspaper would do well to focus on the Mughals; it seems to make sense for one in a British newspaper to focus on Britain’s involvement?”

    But the Iranians would be proud of their contributions to Indian life. Might even talk a bit about the Ayatollah Khomeini’s family ties to India. Seeing as how they came from there (or came back from there, as they usually claimed). But only the British would turn one of the glories of the world into an excuse for national breast beating.

    Rob – “The Moghuls were Muslim conquerors, weren’t they? You can see why the Guardian would like them.”

    I have a theory that the Guardian writers, of both genders, are tired of limp wristed damp Leftist males. What they really want is to be carried off by someone more …. virile. That is why they are obsessed with racists. It is their secret SS Stormtrooper fantasy. And now they are obsessed with Islamists. Muslim conquerors are definitely their thing. I blame Valentino.

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