Famine in India

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Feature Slider

Famine in India

Some Famines in India under the British Occupation. 1. The Great Bengal famine of 1770 under the British East India Company Raj reduced one third population of Bengal with estimates of up to 10 million people dying. “The famine occurred due to the British East India Company’s policies in Bengal.” Adam Smith (1776). The Wealth of Nations, Book 4, Chap. 5, Par. 45. There were a number of reasons for huge number of deaths during the famine. Firstly British East India Company charged high rates of taxes from the Bengali population and kept increasing the taxes even when the...

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The Minion

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in Columns and Letters

The Minion

Published on June 16, 2011 Recently we’d been monitoring the Facebook fanpage of a New York Times journalist named Nicholas Kristof, and one of his opinion pieces caught our eye: he was writing about whether Islam is a problem. The baiting nature of that headline is worrying enough, but let’s take a closer look. Kristof starts by acknowledging that the Islamic Arab world was very advanced in the past compared to Europeans (missing the fact that the majority of Muslims in the world today are non-Arabs). But he persists in asking whether it was Islam that resulted in the decline that started...

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Sultan Tipu

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Columns and Letters

Sultan Tipu

A few years ago, in Birmingham U.K, a group of friends were having a heated discussion. The topic ranged from identity to current affairs. Britain became an increasingly hostile place for Muslims because of the Iraq war and the 7/7 bombings. There was one point that stuck in my head from that discussion. One of the Bromies pointed out that there is such a huge emphasis by the British government for the Muslim community to take pride in being British when in reality there is absolutely no reason why someone and specially a Muslim would take pride in such a thing. He mentioned an interesting...

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