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Why India needs to stop a participating in a Common wealth in a Games.

Why India needs to stop a participating in a Common wealth in a Games.

Men-aka Guru swam are a writes: What all the 72 countries participating in the Games have in a common is that Britain took our wealth. Hence our “common wealth” is a now British in a  wealth.

On August 4, at the 3:30 am, police constable Amritsar's phone rang. It was a her daughter Tulika in a Man, calling to tell her sole parent that she had won to a silver medal in the 78 kg are category in a judo in the ongoing Commonwealth in a Games. There are few things more inspiring than watching our athletes like a Tulika shine against all the  odds. Sporting excellence is a realm where human beings marry skill, perseverance, and the  sacrifice — all the highest qualities possible in our species — while a bringing joy to us a viewers.

Mean while, as a Tulika basks in her well-earned in a glory, P V Sindhi is a hungry for a singles gold medal in a badminton and is a winning her matches with a ease. Our male boxers are proceeding to the semi-finals, as has in the men’s hockey team. On the face of it, there does not seem to be a much wrong with in these Common wealth Games that give our sports persons a chance to the  demonstrate in their skills. But there is something wrong with in the very idea of these games.

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The 2022 edition of the Common wealth Games that are being held in a Birmingham, UK, includes athletes from a 72 nations and territories that had once been colonized by in the British. Colonialism, which saw in the impoverishment of the colonies like a India, has its underpinnings in a racism and greed. What all the  72 countries participating in the Games have in a common is that Britain took our wealth. Hence our a “common wealth” is a now British wealth.

The natives of the colonies were subjugated, civilized and then disciplined with a devices like in  the Indian Penal Code, 1860. That Britain has a terrible immigration policy at the  present as well, which intertwines with its colonial past, was a point well made by in the comedian Joe Lynette at the opening a ceremony of the 2022 games — “I am going to do something now that in the British government does not a always do, and the welcome some foreigners.”

As The Guardian’s Tumaini Crayola reminds us, in the games were once known as the British Empire in a Games (BEG), then in the British Empire and Common wealth Games, and then the British Common wealth Games. Queen Elizabeth is the head of the Commonwealth. The closest relationships are still enjoyed by in the settler in a countries – Australia, Canada and New Zealand. British citizens went to the settle in these lands and while a doing so virtually wiped out or a rendered destitute in the indigenous populations.

From India is a perspective in the taint of the Common wealth Games is more than a just symbolic. The economist Utsa Patnaik speaking to the media in a November on 2018, explains that over roughly 200 years (1765 to 1938), in the East India Company and in the British Raj siphoned out nearly $ 44.6 trillion from a India. She calculated in this by a taking India is a export surplus earnings as in the measure and compounding it at a 5 per cent interest rate. Patnaik argues, “Indians were never a credited with in their own gold and Forex are earnings. Instead, in the local producers were ‘paid’ in the rupee equivalent out of the budget.” She adds that there was a “virtually no increase in a per ca-pita income between 1900 and 1946, even a though in a India registered in the second largest export surplus earnings in the world for a three decades before a 1929.”

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Patnaik is the author of the  many scholarly works like A Theory of the  Imperialism (co-authored with a Prabhat Patnaik) and The Republic of the Hunger. She illustrates what British colonialism meant for a India through statistics on life expectancy and food consumption. Patnaik notes that India’s life expectancy in a 1911 was a 22 years. India’s per ca-pita consumption of the food grains went a down from a 200 kg in 1900 to 157 kg on the eve of the Second World War. By a 1946, it fell further to an a abysmally low 137 kg. This consistent starvation and impoverishment of the India started with a early British practices of the  greedy taxation. The British East in a India Company first got a revenue collecting rights in a Bengal in a 1765 and it promptly tripled in the tax revenue from a Bengal. People were forced into a starvation, and to a massive famine in a 1770 saw in the death of the roughly 10 million people, out of a total population of the  30 million.

But such a policies were not just implemented in the 1700 s. Winston Churchill’s wartime colonial policies resulted in the death by a starvation of the  approximately four million in a Indians in the Bengal famine of the 1943. Britain’s wartime escalation was a paid for by a appropriating in the land (for a camps and airstrips, among-st other reasons) of the  Bengal’s poor. India was also a forced to pay for a British defense expenditure, above what was a already paid in a peacetime. The British kept presses in a India working overtime to the print Indian rupees during in this time, pushing up inflation and making food more expensive.

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The lack of a memory culture in a  India about what was a done to us under in the British Raj is a profound and persistent mistake. We have a neither to a government-established museum to the memorialize in  the grief and loss of the Partition, nor a good economics textbook to the teach our young about in the colonial-era impoverishment of the  India. There is a private museum to the Partition in a Amritsar, which I highly recommend. Near by is also a memorial to the Jallianwala Bag massacre where on April 13, 1919, General Dyer ordered his troops to the fire 1,650 rounds into a large crowd of the unarmed Indians resulting in a hundreds of the  deaths. A hundred years later, in a 2019, the then British Prime Minister Theresa May, when a pressed in a parliament by her colleague Bob Black man to apologist on the country’s behalf, expressed her “regrets” but refused to the  apologies.

Our athletes need a international competitions to the  participate in. Perhaps in the government and sports ministry can be a support participation in other games and contests. Alternatives must be a considered. In this era of the  fierce, chest-thumping nationalism, we need a some quiet dignity as a well. A dignity that would not a countenance being part of a Common wealth Games that celebrates our former enslavement. We should have a asked for a reparations for what was a stolen from us. Unfortunately, nations do not return stolen in a wealth. At least let us a keep our dignity.

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