Saturday, 22 November 2014

SHAHEED MADAN LAL DHINGRA, WHEN THE INDIAN REVOLUTION CAME TO LONDON



"[..] Concern about colonial students in Britain turned to outright alarm in 1909, when violent Indian nationalism spread from the colony to the metropole. At the annual party of the National Indian Association in London - set up to encourage genteel social interaction between Indian visitors and British residents - engineering student [Shaheed!] Madan Lal Dhingra shot dead Sir Curzon Wylie, the political aide-de-camp to the secretary of state for India. Lal argued further that only those resisting white violence, not the white perpetrators themselves, were called murderers - the very argument Malcolm X would use half a century later. In court, Lal claimed that the murder of one British official was reasonable response to the British murder of eighty million Indian civilians during the previous fifty years and to the British removal of one hundred million pounds from India year after year. Lal was sentenced to death. His executioner adjusted the rope to ensure Lal's final breaths were particularly painful." 

- 'The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union' - Stephen Tuck, 2014, p56.


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