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When BBC had ‘a taste of its own medicine’! Ireland and its connection to Indian freedom struggle

On Sunday, the British Broadcasting Company(BBC) showed a fabricated video of unrest in Kashmir post article 370 abragation. In that fabricated video BBC referred Kashmir as ‘India occupied Kashmir’.

This video met with lot of backlash and criticism in the social media.

Renowned film maker and a nationalist, Shekhar Kapur used his Twitter account to question BBC, and wrote,

“Hey @BBCWorld.. each time you call #kashmir ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’ I keep wondering why you refuse to call Northern Ireland ‘British Occupied Ireland”.

His tweet saw a massive support and #BritishOccupiedIreland was trending throughout the day.

BBC which interfered into India’s state matters got ‘a taste of its own medicine’.

Did you know, Ireland had constantly rebelled against British rule and it is still doing so? And did you know this also inspired few Indian revolutionaries to pick up arms against British in India????

Let’s know more,

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act 1920. Unlike Southern Ireland, which became the Irish Free State in 1922, the majority of Northern Ireland’s remained within the United Kingdom.

The main reason was the protestants wished to remain with UK but the catholics are still demanding for a ‘United ireland’.

There been fight for this since a long time.

The Easter Rising also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, in April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period.

About 3,500 people were taken prisoner by the British, many of whom had played no part in the Rising, and 1,800 of them were sent to camps or prisons in Britain. Most of the leaders of the Rising were executed following courts-martial.

Easter rising inspired young revolutionary in India, Masterda Surya Sen, who with his students led Chittagong armoury raid.

Surya Sen devised a plan to capture the two main armouries in Chittagong, destroy the telegraph and telephone office, and take members of the European Club as hostages.

the majority of whom were government or military officials involved in maintaining the British Raj in India. Firearms retailers were also to be raided, while rail and communication lines were to be cut in order to severe Chittagong from Calcutta. Imperial banks at Chittagong were to be looted to gather money for further uprisings, and also to free jailed revolutionaries.

The plan was put into action at 10 p.m. on 18 April 1930. The police armory was captured by a group of revolutionaries led by Ganesh ghosh

another group of ten men led by Lokenath Bal took the Auxiliary Forces armory.

They failed to locate ammunition but did succeed in cutting telephone and telegraph wires and disrupting train movements.

About 16 members of the group captured the European club’s headquarters. but there were few club members that day as it was Good Friday.

Upon learning of the situation, the british got the alarm out to troops, which the revolutionaries had not expected. After the raids, the revolutionaries gathered outside the police armoury, where Sen took a military salute, hoisted a national flag, and proclaimed a Provisional Revolutionary Government.

The revolutionaries left Chittagong town before dawn and marched towards the Chittagong hill ranges, looking for a safe place to hide.

On 22 April 1930.

Over 80 troops and 12 revolutionaries were killed in the gunfight. An intense crackdown on the revolutionaries were ordered. Ananta Singh gave himself up in Calcutta coming away from his hiding place in Chandannagar, to be close to the young teenagers captured and under trial in Chittagong.

A few months later, Police Commissioner Charles Tegart surrounded their hideout and in the exchange of fire, Jiban Ghoshal was killed.

During 1930-32,

22 officials and 220 others were killed by revolutionaries in separate incidents. Debi Prasad Gupta’s brother, was sentenced to transportation for life.

The Chittagong revolutionary group suffered a fatal blow when Masterda Surya Sen was arrested on 16 February 1933 from Gairala village after a tip-off from an insider of the group.

For the reward money, jealousy, or both, Netra Sen told the British Government that Surya Sen was at his house. But before Netra Sen was able to get his 10,000 rupee reward, he was assassinated by the revolutionaries.

Surya Sen along with Tarakeswar Dastidar were hanged by the British Administration on the 12th of January 1934 after inhuman torture in prison.

In present day too, some of Indians are failing to get out of imperial mentality. They prefer to be ruled by the Europeans than to have a democracy. Few have completely changed course of communism and have become ‘Urban Naxals’.

Abrogation of Article 370 acting as a torch onto the hollow willow, the rodents are getting exposed in an attempt to escape the inevitable.

Dr Sindhu Prashanth

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