Posted on: 25 April 2017

Digital Rare Book:
Open letters to Lord Curzon on famines and land assessments in India
By Romesh Chunder Dutt (1848-1909)
Published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., London - 1900

Five open letters to Lord Curzon on : Famine Insurance Grant, Railways and Irrigation and Fallacies concerning the Indian land tax.

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People waiting for famine relief in Bangalore.
From the Illustrated London News (20 October 1877)

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We have come a long way since those days!

Lord Curzon knew Dutt ( latterly of the ICS) and, apparently, encouraged him to write these letters -- he also replied to them , and at some length -- in a document entitled ' Papers regarding the Land Revenue System of British India ' (January 1902) -- which I have not been able to locate online -- perhaps the RBSI might have better luck ?

Great Famine of 1876–78 (also the Southern India famine of 1876–78 or the Madras famine of 1877) was a famine in India that began in 1876 and affected south and southwestern India (Madras, Mysore, Hyderabad, and Bombay) for a period of two years.

While millions were dying during The Great Famine of 1876-79, export of food grains actually rose from 0.8 mill tonnes in 1873to 1.8 mill tonnes by 1879. Reacting against relief requisition during the 1876-79 famine, the acting Governor- General Lord Lytton replied, “There will be no interference of any kind on the part of Government with the object of reducing the price of food.” He instructed district officers to discourage relief works in every possible way. He further said “mere distress is not a sufficient reason for opening a relief work." Lord Lytton always laid emphasis on saving money and he deputed Sir Richard Temple to make sure “unnecessary” expenditure was not done on relief related works. Temple went one step further and instituted relief camps which were not very different from Nazi concentration camps in Germany. Temple’s policy was specifically designed to discourage people from using the relief camps and thus lessen the financial burden on the British government. People already half dead from starvation had to walk hundreds of miles to reach these relief camps.

If the actual figures are taken into account the british genocide will ashame the Nazis too. And everywhere in popular culture Nazi genocide is portrayed as only infamous genocide.

Churchill had asked during bengal famine why Gandhi is not dead?

Bengal had the similar fate.

Siddharth Kumar fyi

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