London: United Kingdom offered its support to India for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) membership instead of compensation demand by India’s lawmaker Shashi Tharoor.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor paid his visit to the Oxford Union in July, 2015 to attend a debate organized by the society. During his speech, he blamed the British government and demanded reparations for colonising India.
“India’s share of the world economy when Britain arrived on it shores was 23 per cent. By the time the British left it was down to below four per cent. Why? Simply because India had been governed for the benefit of Britain. Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India.” he said according to Independent UK.
To avoid paying a large money to India as reparations for colonising India, United Kingdom offered its support to India for the permanent membership of United Nations Security Council.
“UK will be bankrupted if we need to pay reparations to India”, said an official of the Government of the United Kingdom on condition of anonymity to World News Express.
“It is a good step to offer support for the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council instead of paying huge money to India”, he further added.
It is widely known that the United Kingdom’s overall debt reached at the highest point in its history. As of Q1 2015 UK government debt amounted to £1.56 trillion, or 81.58% of total GDP, which is one of the highest government debts in the world.
“India was Britain’s biggest cash cow, biggest consumer of British goods and provider of high incomes for British civil servants. We literally paid for our own oppression,” Shashi Tharoor told in his speech according to the Times of India.
Neither India nor UK officials commented publicly on the matter when we asked about the matter.
News first published on October 14, 2015 at 00:40 am (IST).