This Sunday, I saw Lagaan on Sony ….. I feel it’s one of the best Hindi movies ever made….. it deals with how the British Raj treated Indians…. Wen Bhuvan (played by Aamir Khan) and his friends are caught seeing the Britons play cricket, they are punished by being challenged to defeat the Britons in a match of cricket…. Failing to do so wud triple the amount of tax to be paid to the Throne…. But, if the Indian villagers won (something the Brits believd wud never happen) they’d be exempted from paying their taxes for the next 3 years……
now, while we were seeing this film, mummy got really senti.... she repeated the story of the ‘Indians in the tram’ that I have heard… like around… 90 milliom times…..!!! uhh!! So, this is a real life incident that took place in Calcutta, India under the British Raj….. my nana was witness to it…
Once upon a time in India, there lived a tram
There were people in the tram
Most were Brits
Very few Indians
Indians scared even to board the tram
One Indian spits out from the window
A Brit lady finds it yyyyyyuuuukkk!!!!!!!!
The tram is made to stop
The man is pushed off the tram
The tram leaves
The Brits on the road surround him
Without even being asked to, they beat up the man.
I, Almas, am an Indian… and I really wudn take outsiders ruling us this way…. But, there are three things I’d mention here…
1. spitting anywhere and everywhere is ACTUALLY yyyyyyuuuukkk!!!!
2. trams were introduced by the Brits.
3. I wonder if Brits in other places of India were as (merciful) as the ones in Calcutta, allowing the Brown Slaves to travel with the White Masters.
Japan’s rule was worse, my father says. Thankfully, it wasn’t in as many places (I doubt if any state other than Andaman Nicobar has ever been under the Japanese Rule) and for as long as the Raj……and so, India doesn’t have that many scars left behind by the Japs…However the only good thing bout the Japs, I feel, is that they had sent convoys apologizing to the people of the Islands for the atrocities meted out by the Jap rule… the last time they came here was wen I was a little girl…. And I was trying to push my way into the camera vision… only to be in the video…. (they were askin questions to my daadi thru translators).. my dada (daadi’s brother…. Not my real dada..my real dada was killed by the Japs) knew their language and was shouting at them :) :) :) Both, my daadi and her brother are no more…. One day I, too, will die.
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