eAll world leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, are condoling the demise of Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth, who ascended the throne in 1952, was the longest-reigning monarch of the unshakable British Empire.
Elizabeth II, who was the queen for more than 70 years, has passed away at the age of 96, and various memories and events are being shared about her. While on the one hand praises and eulogies are being given mentioning his unique skills and characteristics, on the other hand comments are being posted reminding him of the various tragedies committed under the British colonial rule in many parts of the world including India.
Anger of the African community
Many important writers and activists from countries affected by colonial rule, especially those from the African community, have recorded the events of the countries that were under their domination, dealing with various oppressions and violence, plundering the resources of those countries and enriching their countries.
I heard the news that “The head king of a genocidal empire has finally died somehow.” May his pain be excruciating,” tweeted Uju Anya, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His tweet was retweeted 13,000 times and received nearly 55,000 likes. But he later deleted the tweet following criticism of the post.
Amazon founder condemns hate
Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos quoted Anya’s tweet as saying, “Is this someone’s work to make the world a better place..? Absolutely not!” mentioned.
Anya responded, “What else can I express but hatred for a king (queen) who sponsored a genocide that killed half my family and ran a government that displaced us?” He pointedly said.
Similarly, Zoé Samudzi, a Zimbabwean American writer, tweeted, “Since my family was not born in the first generation of a British colony, given the chance I would dance on the graves of every member of the royal family…especially Queen Elizabeth’s…”
A television presenter from Argentina has mentioned that she celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s death by opening a bottle of champagne.
Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
If this is the story of every country affected by the British colonial rule, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre for India is the most brutal tragedy that happened in British India in 1919. Protests erupted against the brutal Rowlatt Act brought by the British government of the day to suppress the rebels against their rule. General Dyer wanted to suppress it.