Congressman Shashi Tharoor and many Twitter users are furious about a US TV anchor who extolled the benefits of British colonialism in India and asserted that the nation benefited under British control, according to a story in the Independent. The Fox News host Tucker Carlson also made the erroneous assertion that India did not produce any architectural wonders prior to the start of the British colonial era. Many users, including tennis player Martina Navratilova, have denounced his remarks as “racist” and “supremely misinformed.”
The US TV anchor had a protracted diatribe about how the British empire was “more than simply genocide” on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” last Thursday.
We (the United States) left Afghanistan, we left airstrips, weapons, and guns. When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches, and public buildings, all of which are still in use today. At least the English took their colonial responsibility seriously. They didn’t just take things, they added.
Congressman Shashi Tharoor participated in the Twitter discussion that was started by the comments.
In response to Mr. Carlson’s remarks, Ms. Navratilova tweeted, “Hey @TuckerCarlson – your utter ignorance of history is quite staggering. I suggest you read the book “Inglorious Empire” by Shashi Tharoor and then try again. Your racism is off the charts and your stupidity on this specific issue is of Olympic proportions!!!”
The US TV anchor has not addressed the criticism as of now.