Indian leaders of the independence movement rightly objected when the British India government broke its own laws and oppressed Indians. These leaders fought bravely to liberate India from the British yoke so that India could be independent, and Indians free of oppression.
Unfortunately, Indian governments over the past six decades have perhaps been the BIGGEST EVER oppressors.
"Custodial killings, police abuses including torture" are common. Also, as reported by Human Rights Watch recently:
the Indian government took few steps to "prosecute abusive soldiers, undertake needed police reforms, or bring an end to torture [Source]
I'm not sure what is the total number of innocent people killed by Indian government forces, but it would easily run into the tens of thousands.
Not all these were oppressive killings. Many were "collateral damage", as part of legitimate efforts to curb communal violence or terrorism. But there have been a very large number of direct, illegitimate killings. And sometimes, those who have planned and ordered these killings have been promoted to very senior positions. (Refer also to these case studies of communal violence used as teachings aids in LBSNAA. These studies indicate extensive illegitimate actions by the police (primarily against Muslims)). India is clearly one of the most violent places on the earth.
On top of these violent acts were the insidious oppressions of Nehruvian socialism – through which tens of millions of children have died (and continue to die) from starvation and/or disease, and the potential of hundreds of millions of people cut short.
It is difficult to estimate the costs to India of Indian rule, but it must be huge.
India has not benefited from Indian rule. It is time to overthrow socialism and our corrupt political parties and build a party of freedom and integrity.
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