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“It took Adolf Hitler and his Nazi cohorts 12 years to round up and murder 6 million Jews, but their Teutonic cousins, the British, managed to kill almost 4 million Indians in just over a year, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill cheering from the sidelines. Australian biochemist Dr Gideon Polya has called the Bengal Famine a “manmade holocaust” because Churchill’s policies were directly responsible for the disaster. Bengal had a bountiful harvest in 1942, but the British started diverting vast quantities of food grain from India to Britain, contributing to a massive food shortage in the areas comprising present-day West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh. Author Madhusree Mukerjee tracked down some of the survivors and paints a chilling picture of the effects of hunger and deprivation. In Churchill’s Secret War, she writes: “Parents dumped their starving children into rivers and wells. Many took their lives by throwing themselves in front of trains. Starving people begged for the starchy water in which rice had been boiled. Children ate leaves and vines, yam stems and grass. People were too weak even to cremate their loved ones.””
Sarah Waheed notes: “One of the students in my modern South Asia history class a few years ago, was extremely upset that the book we were reading referred to the Bengal famine as a holocaust, calling the author ‘biased’. When I asked him to clarify and elaborate upon what he meant by ‘biased’, he exclaimed, inflamed, “There was only one holocaust!” The rest of the students were, however, more open to the idea of the 20th century being a century of multiple holocausts. The terms ‘holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, however, continue to elicit trauma envy.”
The British still haven’t acknowledge the genocide in Ireland in the 19th century. They pretend is was a natural disaster… nature packed up all the food and shipped it to England while the Irish died.
NOTE: Ireland’s population STILL hasn’t recovered! It’s 150 years later and the population of Ireland has yet to recover!
…and they don’t even acknowledge that there was another genocide under Cromwell. Nope. The British government and their royals make the worst of the Holocaust deniers look like amateurs!
So good luck, India. With your size, your clout you have a better shot at forcing the British to at least go through the motions of a moral state, and acknowledge that it did happen. It’s unprecedented, but you might force them to do it.
Probably best known as the voice of “Shaggy” in the Scooby-Doo children’s animated series, Casey Kasem has been an icon for generations of Americans. Kasem’s fame starts in the 50s & 60s when he was an enormously popular Disc Jockey, and from there he made guest appearances on countless TV shows and even appeared in many movies. IMDB lists a total of 112 acting credits with another 53 credits as “Himself,” so you know the man got around. He’s been part of America’s cultural consciousness for more than half a century, which is why so many were upset to see how old and frail he’s gotten in his later years, and why we would all be so sickened at his apparent treatment by those closest to him.
…and now I feel guilty.
It was in the news a little while ago: Casey Kasem was missing! Apparently his (very, *Very* much younger) wife had removed him from the nursing home he was being housed at and whisked him away to parts unknown — all this against the wishes of Kasem’s daughter, who was named her father’s legal custodian (not the man’s wife). Well I naturally just assumed that the much, much, much younger wife was just some gold digger trying to steal control of her husband and his fortune along with it. But, as things turn out it’s a great deal more complicated than that…
Apparently the very, very, very much younger wife was trying to keep him alive! Casey Kasem’s daughter wants to withhold food, liquids and certain medicines from her dad, who has been unable to eat & drink entirely on his own for some time now. And with Casey Kasem back in his daughter’s care, the wife has actually gone to court in an attempt to block the daughter’s wishes and have the man properly fed & medicated:
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy reversed a ruling from Monday that stated that Kasem should receive food, fluids and certain medications until after a court-appointed attorney met with the former radio host and his doctors.
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