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Tharoor says ‘cricket and english’ were only two benefits of British rule

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Jaipur: How should we view the British Empire and its legacy for its former colonies? Was it one of the world’s greatest modernizing forces, as some historians claim, or was it only a destructive bane? The latter, says Congress politician Shashi Tharoor, who maintains that the only two benefits for India were cricket and the English language.

Tharoor contested the contentions of co-panelist, British historian, author and MP Tristram Hunt, that the benefits included rule of law and an effective parliamentary system, saying he was not sure how good the latter has been for India.

“The system of governance of a small island nation was sought to be transplanted to a nation where there were not only ideological differences, but a bewildering range of diversities,” he said, at a session titled “Empire” at the Jaipur Literature Festival here on Monday.

On the idea of rule of law, Tharoor contended it was part of the normal evolution of society and India could have achieved it for itself.

“You don’t need foreigners to come and oppress you for benefit of development,” he asserted.

“(Historian) Niall Ferguson (who has termed the British Empire a great modernizing force) has not questioned for whose benefit it was done. I only accept cricket and the English language,” said Tharoor.

Hunt, who had stepped in for Ferguson, who wasn’t able to make it for the event, contended that there was renewed interest in the Empire in his country — where it had been absent for years from the school curriculum — as Britain took decisions on its place in the world.

The author of ‘Ten Cities that Made an Empire’, which seeks to chart the changing nature of the British Empire through 10 (formerly) imperial cities spread throughout the world, Hunt said the empire had had an influence on his country too — and still has.

“British politics are becoming like Indian politics. The centralized system is shifting to a more federal system… We are willing to take coalition partners,” he said.

On the question of financial compensation for the damages to the former colonies’ social and economic fabric, Tharoor, who had made headlines by making the demand at a debate in Oxford, said it should be a token amount, say a pound for every year of rule, rather than a ridiculous amount as had been calculated and would be “an exercise in absurdity and futility”, could never be paid and besides, “India couldn’t even know what to do with all that money”.

Hunt noted that such a demand was more advanced in the former Caribbean colonies, but they instead of money, had sought help in education and development.

On whether bygones should be bygones, Tharoor said he agreed. “History cannot be undone. But it haunts our past and affects the future. By all means let bygones be bygones, but never forget it… We must remember it.”

Hunt said he agreed. “We must interrogate, analyze and reinterpret the bygones,” he said, adding he was quite skeptical of official apologies for historical wrongs. (Vikas Datta, IANS)(Photo: Wikipedia)

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South Korean Conglomerate LG Announces 3 Smartphones for Indian Market

LG W30 Pro features a 6.21-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs Android 9 Pie and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. There is also 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card

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South Korean conglomerate LG on Wednesday announced three smartphones in its “W-series” — the LG W30, the LG W30 Pro and the LG W10 — for the Indian market.

The LG W10 comes with a price tag of Rs 8,999, LG W30 is priced at Rs 9,999 while LG W30 Pro would arrive soon in India.

“Today is a significant day for us at LG as we add three new smartphones to our product portfolio that are made in India. LG has always believed in bringing customized innovations that offers need-based propositions”, Ki Wan Kim, Managing Director, LG Electronics India said in a statement.

The LG W30 features a 6.26-inch HD+ display while W10 is equipped with a 6.19-inch HD+ display.

Both the smartphones are powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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LG unveiled V40 ThinQ with 5 cameras few months back. Flickr

The W30 is equipped with a triple-camera setup. The phone comes with a combination of a 12MP primary low light sensor, 13MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor. For the front, there is a 16MP selfie shooter.

The LG W10 is equipped with a dual-camera setup with a combination 13MP primary lens and a 5MP secondary shooter. For the front, it houses an 8MP selfie shooter.

Both the smartphones run on Android 9.0 Pie and both of them are equipped with a 4,000mAh battery.

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LG W30 Pro features a 6.21-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs Android 9 Pie and is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. There is also 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card.

The phone has a triple rear camera setup that comprises a 13MP primary sensor, 5MP secondary sensor, and an 8MP tertiary sensor. There is also a 16MP selfie camera at the front. (IANS)