Friday, March 03, 2006

India (2)

Here's a Winston Churchill quote that I use when American friends josh me about Brits losing the War of Independence. It may be apocryphal, but it's appropriate to India's success story.

Some time soon after WW2, he was buttonholed at a cocktail party by a formidable American lady who demanded:

"Mister Churchill, what do you propose to do to about the poor Indians?"

He replied:

"Madam, do you refer to the unfortunates who have been largely exterminated by your countrymen, or the people of the vast and proud nation that has flourished under the beneficent protection and guidance of the British Empire?"