Shashi Tharoor gives an epic reply on whether India should thank British for its progress

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor minces no words when it comes to slamming the British over the economic ruin they inflicted on India during their near 200-year-long stay in the Indian subcontinent. His 2015 speech at the Oxford University about the economic hardships our country suffered under the British rule had earned him a lot of praise and accolades.

Recently, Tharoor was invited as a panellist on a show named Q&A aired on Australian channel ABC. He was asked by a man from the audience whether the Indians should thank the British for the developments in the field of engineering, infrastructure and education. In response to this, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram pointed out that establishment of all the Indian Institutes of Technology and the engineering advancements that the man was talking about took place after the British left India in 1947. The first IIT was set up in 1950 at Kharagpur but was formally inaugurated a year later.

“Over 200 years of exploitation, depredation, loot and destruction, reduced it to a poster child for third-world poverty, just over three percent of global GDP, 90% of the population living below the poverty line when the British left in 1947,” he said.