India was the most prosperous country of the world for over 5000 years.
The British during their colonization of India, from 1600 to 1947 systematically plundered this country for nearly 350 years.
This capsule is a visual depiction of how the richest country in the world came to be the poorest country in the civilized world because of the continuous drain of wealth and the exhaustion of the country.
The British rule was the greatest curse with which India has been afflicted.
This capsule looks at
- The factors that contributed to India being the most prosperous country in the world.
- The pillage during the medieval period between 1100 and 1650 CE.
- Europe and British view of India prior to their colonization of this country.
India was a major trading partner of Europe and offered goods like
- Iron and Steel
- Ship building
The balance of trade heavily favoured India, and Europe was made to pay for these products in gold and precious jewels.
- The comparison of the industrial activity of Britain and Europe in the early 1600s and that of India at the same time.
- The drain of finance from India, which went to augment the finance, the industrial revolution of Britain and Europe required for their industrialization.
- Notes of various British officers starting from Robert Clive as to the vast sums of money and jewels that they have routed out of India, both legally and surreptitiously.
- The over exploitations and misuse of official machinery to aid the process of this financial drain has been termed as "The Un British rule of India" by the British.
If Britain had been similarly plundered what would be its state. An example of what happened to Britain in the 1300 to 1500 CE is viewed.
India is a free country now. Has our prosperity returned?