Monday, February 10, 2014

A stirring reminder of India's role in the British Empire

WWI - Indian taxpayers bore the brunt of Britain's war.
By Armistice day 11 Nov 1918, the First World War had cost India, £379,000,000 (military expenditure, equipment, food). If that wasn't enough the Viceroy presented the British Government an additional £100,000,000 in Imperial taxes. That's a staggering £479,000,000 in total which would be worth approx £30,000,000,000 in today's money. The next time some anti immigrant, anti Asian ****** asks what you're lot have done for Britain, don't get mad, share the facts.

I must say that the poster is somewhat amusing; how can a millennia old civilisation such as India be considered a "young lion" on par with Australia, Canada and NZ is somewhat surprising.