Winston Churchill hated South Asians. All the quotes in the post were taken from:
Madhusree Mukerjee. Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II. New York: Basic Books, 2010.
Churchill’s famine in the areas now in and near Bangladesh killed 5 million people by starvation and disease. It was not the first nor the worst famine during the British Raj. Here is a table from Wikipedia.
|Year||Name of famine||Mortality|
|1769-70||Great Bengal Famine||10 million. (about one third of the then population of Bengal).|
|1783-84||Chalisa famine||11 million people may have died during the years 1782-84. Severe famine. Large areas were depopulated.|
|1791-92||Doji bara famine or Skull famine||11 million people may have died during the years 1788-94. One of the most severe famines known. People died in such numbers that they could not be cremated or buried.|
|1837-38||Agra famine of 1837-38||0.8 million (or 800,000).|
|1860-61||Upper Doab famine of 1860-61||2 million.|
|1865-67||Orissa famine of 1866||1 million (814,469 in Orissa, 135,676 in Bihar and 10,898 in Ganjam)|
|1868-70||Rajputana famine of 1869||1.5 million (mostly in the princely states of Rajputana)|
|1873-74||Bihar famine of 1873-74||0.0 million. An extensive relief effort was organized by the Bengal government. There were little to none significant mortalities during the famine.|
|1876-78||Great Famine of 1876-78 (also Southern India famine of 1876-78)||5.5 million in British territory. Mortality unknown for princely states. Total famine mortality estimates vary from 6.1 to 10.3 million.|
|1896-97||Indian famine of 1896-97||5 million in British territory.|
|1899-1900||Indian famine of 1899-1900||1 million (in British territories). Mortality unknown for princely states.|
|1943-44||Bengal famine of 1943||1.5 million from starvation; 3.5 million including deaths from epidemics.|