India will Shine & World will Witness!

November 6, 2023

India is beaming with pride after the success of the New Delhi G20 Summit, held on 9 and 10 September. No matter which part of the country one belongs to, the success of Summit feels personal. The vision of the government in setting out various aspects of the theme One Earth, One Family, One Future is commendable. Involving a wider section of the country in the Summit, through Jan Bagidhar part was the nucleus to bring the Summit close to the heart of the country. When the world is being torn apart between North, South, East, and West categorization, India sends a strong message that we should work towards the Vasudaiva Kutumbakam concept, which India proposed centuries ago.

Leaders of the 19 different countries enthusiastically participated in the Summit making it a grand success. Several foreign leaders' spouses wore traditional Indian costumes at the G20 dinner that was hosted by the Indian President Draupadi Murmu. Akshata Murthy, the first lady of the UK, donned a vivid, multicoloured gown. Yuko Kishida, the first lady of Japan, donned a green and pink saree with a golden Chinese border. Nearly all of the arrangements made were flawless.

All of these happy occasions and triumphs will become distant memories. But in the midst of all of this one cannot help but see, Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister’s enthusiastic participation in the G20 Summit. He made history by becoming the first prime minister of Indian descent to visit the nation. He has publicly stated, "I am hugely proud of my Indian roots." We Indians are proud to hear this coming from the prime minister of one of the most powerful nations in the world. One can never forget the fact that we were under British domination for many years and that one of their prime ministers, Winston Churchill, had declared that "Indians are the beastly people with the beastly religion." And in bringing the British prime minister, who is of Indian descent, to India, of which he is extremely proud, destiny has played a fascinating game. Churchill would have been ashamed of his own statement if he were still alive today. The present UK prime minister is somewhere an answer to all the humiliations that Indians faced after the invasions.

Churchill's character as a person has long been a topic of discussion. The English paint him as ‘the hero’. The Western world acknowledged his service to mankind by honouring him with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values", in the year 1953. But for Indians, he will not be less than a Hitler. Adolf Hitler openly massacred the Jews, but Churchill knavishly wiped out the lives of 30 Lakh people in British India during the hardship of famines. Researchers from IIT-Gandhinagar, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Indian Meteorological Department conducted the study on famines in India, which was published in the journal ‘Geophysical Research Letters’. According to the study, over the past century and a half, India has experienced seven major drought periods: 1876-1882, 1895-1900, 1908-1924, 1937-1945, 1982-1990, 1997-2004, and 2011-2015. During these times, India experienced six major famines, in the years 1873-74, 1876, 1877, 1896-97, 1899, and 1943. The team analyzed the causes of these famines using historical weather and soil data. They found that the first five famines were accompanied by indicators of droughts, mainly low soil moisture. But to be noted they concluded that the 1943 famine was caused due to policy failures alone and not because of natural causes. According to the researchers, there was abundant rain during the 1943 famine. Churchill-era British catastrophic policies were the direct reasons that resulted in the Bengal Famine. Such policies included the large-scale export of rice and prioritizing vital supplies for soldiers engaged in the Second World War. Churchill and his government thought it was more important to feed the soldiers fighting the world war than feed the dying Indians in Bengal. Churchill said any aid sent to India would be insufficient because “Indians are breeding like rabbits”. The rich Britishers should (could) have managed to send the supplies to soldiers from any other part of the British empire except Bengal. It was possible to manage the situation in Bengal. But NO, innocent lives were abandoned to perish. This caused the death of 3 million Indians. The 3 million meaningless deaths of precious Indian lives because of the policies made by the British government under the guidance of Churchill will never allow us to comprehend the reason which earned him the Nobel prize. The wound caused by his derogatory remarks on India and Indian leaders will hardly be healed, and the deaths of the innocent Indians will never be forgotten, but a sigh of relief finally one could feel when Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who has an Indian connection visited India. His praising of India’s scientific advantages, culture, and values, his positive outlook towards humanity, and his way of heading the Conservative party and the United Kingdom, have eased the pain of Indians being ridiculed by Churchill-like people.

In 1947 on the cusps of Indian independence, Winston Churchill supposedly said, “All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw." But now when a man of Indian origin is currently heading the United Kingdom and the Conservative party, we Indians beam pride and feel sorry for the small-mindedness of Churchill. Destiny has its own way of playing Karma. What you give will come back in the most unexpected way. India will shine and the world will witness!




By Shwetha Bharath
Shwetha Bharath (MA English) is an academician working as an assistant professor in Humanities at NMAMIT, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Karkala. Prior to her profession as a teacher, she also worked as a merchandiser in an export company, Bengaluru thereby making her an expert in both industrial and academic fields. She has presented a number of papers related to English literature at national-level conferences and is frequently invited as a guest speaker or resource person. As a bibliophile, she is an extensive reader and she is passionate about writing and has written a number of poems on various themes. Her poems are published under anthologies ‘Setting Sun’ and ‘My Silent Emotions’.
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Comment on this article

  • Noel Francis Viegas, Mangalore/Ashoknagar

    Wed, Nov 08 2023

    To shine india any elected government must purely focus on providing basic needs to majority of the Indian populations such as good environment and clean air to breath, shelter, food, water, education, health, roads, electricity , decent job for at least one family member etc.

  • Nadia Kumari, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 07 2023

    Is the author trying to tell us that the sarees and dress make India shine? Madam, please look at some of the basic parameters that decide this shine: Education, health, employment, inflation, manufacturing sector, agriculture, etc. Do you actually think that we are shining. Of course, we should not expect it from your article since you are from the field of literature.

  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 07 2023

    India Should come out of G20 to become Number ONE! because G20 itself evil run by unelected communists Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, Rockefellars, Rothchilds... and their puppets young global leaders ruling over many nations, including communist chinese and socialist russian leadership who were young global leaders before, along with their Big Investment firm BlackRock. if not India won't remain democratic but become like communist china, namesake elections but dictatorship. G20 nothing but These unelected czars and Big Bankers show their power that they have control over hosting nations and also they are covertly trying to bring communist china type one world government or dictatorship worldwide!

  • Richard De Souza, Oxford UK.

    Tue, Nov 07 2023

    History is always written by victors and not losers. The bitter facts which you have highlighted are not be highlighted even in modern days of free speech due to the racists who still dominate the history . The Massacre of millions during the partition of India due to the wrong decisions of a few spineless morons is also swept under the carpet. The country is still reaping the fruit of their folly. However we must admit that whatever observations Churchill made about Indian politicians have come true 100% . We cannot deny the glaring reality we are facing today . While the positive heading of your article shines like a glimmer of hope of future for our great India, the absolute corruption and communalism we face on daily basis dampens any hope. Well written, keep writing.

  • Roland, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 07 2023

    I think the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, who has Indian roots was the first PM to visit india in 2019.

  • S g kankanady, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 07 2023

    What Churchill predicted is already coming true .....applauded by blind retoric like yours

  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    Shwetha, Well written article, appreciate it. Winston Churchill possibly a racist and had a low opinion about Indian people. But one thing you don't understand or don't want to understand...there is hardly any political corruption in the west....when they see corrupt politicians in third world countries...they will have low opinion about them....In USA history since 1776 till now NO US President is accused of Financial Corruption...not even Donald John Trump....This Corruption and Reservation are curse to India and developing countries...hope you will write about this in your next article....By the by US Vice President Kamala Harris too from Indian missed her perhaps because she did not attend G 20 Summit in Delhi...Tak...Takk...

  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    India is like a coin that is projected to be shining on one side while the other side reeks of a nation full of poverty and misery thanks to our rotten politicians

  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    1. Indias foreign relation is at the lowest ebb since independence. Canada crisis now touched unprecedented low. Even Maldives sending back our soldiers. Godi Media won't speak about that. There is no 3day cease fire either in Russia-Ukraine war. China sitting ptetty encroaching our territory. So a big fail. 2. Dollar vs Rs. is at historic low. 3. India ranks 111 among 145, in hunger index. Wrong says BJP, then says it is giving 81cr people free ration. Which one is lie then. 4. Unemployment, inflation, job loses at historic High. Farmers , students, suicides increasing. 5. Lakhs wealthy ditching indian citizenship. 1000s from Guj caught in US, for illegal migration. This is just a few pointers. We all know, india will shine and world will witness. BUT NOT WITH BJP leadership.

  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    Dear you said it.Written and thoughts are good.Of course when Indian People want and work towards this goal we reach it certainly.Churchil has told partly truth.As he said Indias independence is given in Monkey hands .Its like Diamond in monkeys hand.We have original sources of all minerals ,water ,.But some people are so corrupt (almost in Public sector)that nothing works and if at all slow motion.In this way I doubt how our India will Shine.People should be honest and work honestly without corruption .Land lords should give the workers proper loan.Give the poor children proper education .Thats lacking at the moment.Some cant afford education .Without eduaction nothing can shine in future.Everyone is behind money.Mankind is neglected.

  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    Dear you said it.Written and thoughts are good.Of course when Indian People want and work towards this goal we reach it certainly.Churchil has told partly truth.As he said Indias independence is given in Monkey hands .Its like Diamond in monkeys hand.We have original sources of all minerals ,water ,.But some people are so corrupt (almost in Public sector)that nothing works and if at all slow motion.In this way I doubt how our India will Shine.People should be honest and work honestly without corruption .Land lords should give the workers proper loan.Give the poor children proper education .Thats lacking at the moment.Some cant afford education .Without eduaction nothing can shine in future.Everyone is behind money.Mankind is neglected.

  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Nov 06 2023

    Why future tense? "India Shining" was BJP's marketing slogan in 2004. Old wine in new bottle?

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