Tucker Carlson declared that the British Empire was a “benign” force that brought civilization and beauty to India, while asserting the country had produced nothing of comparable value since independence. Indian journalist Prasanth R. of NewsClick and People’s Dispatch reacts, explaining just how wrong Carlson is. This kind of full-throated defense of colonialism has been taboo for decades, he explains, but unmasks how big sections of Western ruling classes still feel about their former subjects.
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