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Academic: Hindi & Urdu; South & Southeast Asian studies; Postcolonial studies. Belfast born; London based. Expect some 🏳️‍🌈. he/him
22 Jan 19
Well, if anyone was suggesting #empire was a thing of the past, they’ll be heartened to learn that “Empress #Victoria will Remain Immortal”, according to the Hindu Sena 😏
It’s tempting to laugh, but some of the rhetoric around this evocation of the “glories” of British rule are truly scary: chiefly, “Britishers helped India to get independence in 1857 from foreign Islamic invaders/terrorist” 🤯
The historical illiteracy on display here is not innocent, and the implications are clear: the British displaced the (Muslim) Mughals, then left a gloriously united country behind a mere 90 years later, though one lacking some of its rightful northern parts...(ahem)
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