Tucker Carlson angered Indians by suggesting that the country had reached its peak under British rule

Right-wing Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was condemned as “racist” and “grossly uninformed” after he extolled the virtues of British colonialism in India and claimed the country had prospered under imperialist rule.

The conservative political commentator, known for pro-Trump rants that dominate primetime TV, praised Queen Elizabeth II and said the British Empire was “more than genocide.”

He said that the British colonialists in India had left behind a “civilization” and that independent India had not been able to build anything so beautiful since then.

“Today, India is much more powerful than the United Kingdom, the nation that once ruled it,” he pointed out.

But then he asked, “And after 75 years of independence, has this country produced a single building as beautiful as the Bombay Railway Station built by the British colonialists?”

Carlson was referring to Victoria Terminus station in Mumbai, which was renamed in 2016 as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

“No, unfortunately it’s not. Not one,” he said in response to his own question.

The lengthy rant on last Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight show came after the host lashed out at “disgusting” critics of the Queen, who died earlier that day on September 8 aged 96.

He also used it as an opportunity to mock Joe Biden’s government for leaving Afghanistan a “mess” after the country pulled out troops, ending two decades of war, while drawing parallels with the British colonial era.

In more scathing remarks, he credited the British with abolishing the old and regressive Hindu custom of Sati Pratha (sati custom), commonly referred to simply as Sati, which is the practice of widows sacrificing themselves by sitting on the burning pyre of their dead husbands.

The eradication of Sati from the country was carried out by the social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy.

“When the US government pulled out of Afghanistan after 20 years, we left behind runways, shipping containers and weapons,” he said.

“When the British withdrew from India, they left behind an entire civilization, language, legal system, schools, churches and public buildings, all of which are still in use today,” he argued.

Many experts point out that British infrastructure in India was simply a way for the East India Company and British officials to more efficiently transfer local wealth to their home nation.

“The British Empire was more than genocide. In fact, the British did not commit genocide, except perhaps against the Dutch during the Boer War,” he falsely claimed.

“The British left the world Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus and freedom of speech. They helped end the transatlantic slave trade as well as the ritual killing of widows in India.

Carlson omitted the tragedies of the Bengal famine, for which Indians hold Winston Churchill directly responsible, and the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which men, women and children were mercilessly shot on orders from the British army.

Britain has yet to issue a formal apology for the massacre, which saw hundreds of innocent and unarmed Indian Sikhs massacred, and has instead sidestepped the issue.

Those tragedies were among those cited on social media by Indians who lashed out at Carlson, reminding him of the empire’s well-documented excesses.

“An extremely uninformed, racist and offensive commentary on colonialism in general and British colonialism in particular,” said political commentator Sunanda Vashisht.

“@TuckerCarlson – you need a crash course on what British colonization did to India. We financed the so-called bandits of the empire with our wealth and blood.

Indian TV presenter Sanket Upadhyay called Carlson “an apologist for empire”.

The “good” British left India’s economy in shambles, left us with border disputes that we still have today. And it killed millions,” he said.

Another Twitter user, journalist Ben Norton, criticized “white supremacist Tucker Carlson”, pointing out that the UK has looted “$45 trillion in wealth and left India LESS developed than before”.

Shashi Tharoor, a former diplomat and current senior Congress party lawmaker, expressed his dismay at Carlson’s remarks, writing on Twitter that he “cannot respond without losing his cool”.

Others shared pictures of famous architectural wonders in India, such as the Great Stupa at Sanchi and the temples of Khajuraho, built before Britain invaded and colonized India.

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