India is mentioned by name in the Old Covenant Book of Esther:
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (Xerxes) (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia) (Esther 1:1).
The events in the Book of Esther occurred about 400 BC. 400 years later, India and China were the largest, most influential, and independent nations on earth.
On the Day of Pentecost, true Jews from both those great nations were gathered in Jerusalem for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them divided tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, "behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own language, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our languages the wonderful works of Elohim" (Acts 2: 1-11).
Before he was martyred at Rome around 68 AD, the great Apostle Paul said that the sound of Pentecost was heard at the ends of the earth:
But I (Paul) say, "have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the earth" (Romans 10:18).
Ethiopia was the first Christian country, and soon after the Resurrection of the Messiah, Christianity entered India. One of the Apostles of Christ named St. Bartholomew was the herald of the greatest story ever told. Here is a quote from the great Christian historian, Eusebius of Caesarea:
About that time, Pantaeus, a man highly distinguished for his learning, had charge of the school of the faithful in Alexandria. A school of sacred learning, which continues to our day, was established there in ancient times, and as we have been informed, was managed by men of great ability and zeal for divine things. Among these it is reported' that Pantaenus was at that time especially conspicuous, as he had been educated in the philosophical system of those called Stoics. They say that he displayed such zeal for the divine Word, that he was appointed as a herald of the Gospel of Christ to the nations in the East, and was sent as far as India. For indeed, there were still many evangelists of the Word who sought earnestly to use their inspired zeal, after the examples of the apostles, for the increase and building up of the divine Word. Pantaenus was one of these, and is said to have gone to India. It is reported that among persons there who knew of Christ, he found the Gospel according to Matthew, which had anticipated his own arrival. For Bartholomew, one of the apostles, had preached to them, and left with them the writing of Matthew in the Hebrew language, which they had preserved till that time. (Eusebius Ecclesiastical History, Book V, Ch. X).
St. Bartholomew had the Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew, and it refutes the skeptics who say that the Gospel of Matthew was written after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. If we had a copy of that Gospel in Hebrew it would forever end the debate about the true name of the Messiah.
Another tradition says the Apostle Thomas preached the Gospel in India but Eusebius only says that he preached to the Parthians.
Babylonian "Jew" John Dee was the political and "spiritual" advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. A real chameleon, he assisted "Bloody Bishop Bonner" during the persecutions of "Bloody Mary" Tudor, and then he became a trusted adviser on foreign policy to the new queen.
Instead of urging the new queen to colonize the New World and fulfill Bible prophecy, Dee worked feverishly with his fellow fake "Jews" to prevent the rebirth of Israel in the New World wilderness (Isaiah 11:11, Amos 9:11, Acts 15:16-17).
After the 42-year reign of the queen, Britannia became Britannia, Inc., or a multinational corporation run by Jesuits and Babylonian "Jews."
In 1744, a youth named Robert Clive was sent by the Company to India. Before the arrival of the British, India was a veritable paradise on earth:
In late 1665, traveling eastward from the Mughal court in Delhi, physician François Bernier arrived in Bengal to find a vast, populous delta, its myriad channels lined with vibrant towns and cities interspersed with fields of rice, sugar, corn, vegetables, mustard, and sesame. He declared it "the finest and most fruitful country in the world." Foreign merchants worked the wholesale markets, offering to buy produce in exchange for silver. They could not trade goods with the native businessmen, because Bengal was in need of virtually nothing. Its rice traveled to Sri Lanka (called Ceylon by the British) and the Maldives, its sugar to Arabia and Mesopotamia, and its silks to Europe; ships at its ports were loaded with such exports as wheat biscuits and salted meats, opium, varnish, wax, musk, spices, preserved fruits, and clarified butter. Bengal's cottons, which supplied much of the world, were astonishing in variety and quality: twenty yards of a delicate muslin could be stuffed into a snuffbox. One can only imagine for what sublime piece of fabric another seventeenth-century visitor, Mirza Nathan, paid 4,000 rupees, given that a single rupee bought a score of chickens. (Mukerjee, Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During WWII, p. X).
When Clive landed 6 months later the rape of India began in earnest. Clive started a war with the French and they were ejected from India during the Seven Years' War.
Clive was murdered in London on Nov. 22, 1774. Clive was buried very quickly in an unmarked grave in St Margaret's Parish Church at Moreton Say, near his birthplace in Shropshire.
Officially a suicide, he was not the type of person to commit suicide . . . instead, he drove others to suicide....Most likely his wife or lover stabbed him in the throat with a penknife and the real reason for his early demise was covered up.
Without contradiction it can be said that the British Empire was built on drug money. The British East India Company looked beyond India to the fabulously wealthy and populous country of China to expand their money-making monopoly.
Sanctimoniously, Governor-General Warren Hastings prohibited the export of opium to China . . . but that soon changed:
Initially, the British East India Company, the monopoly that controlled trade with India, tried to prevent British importation of opium into China since the illegal business interfered with the Company's legitimate trade. Based in Canton, representatives of the Company asked Warren Hastings, the Company governor of the newly conquered province of Bengal, to halt exports from India to China. Hastings readily agreed, calling the drug "not a necessity of life but a pernicious article of luxury, which ought not to be permitted."
Hastings's idealistic commitment to "zero tolerance" soon gave way to financial and political realities. China only accepted payment for tea in Spanish silver dollars, which in the eighteenth century were the equivalent of today's American dollar, an international currency. Unfortunately, the supply of Spanish silver available to the British had dried up during the American Revolution, when Spain allied itself with the rebellious colonies. Britain had no alternative coinage acceptable to China, and its citizens were clamoring for their daily fix of tea.
Ten years after his condemnation of "pernicious" opium, Hastings relented and allowed the export of 3,450 chests of the contraband in two ships. Each chest of opium was the size of a small footlocker and contained 170 pounds of the drug. One of the ships was captured by French privateers en route, but the other arrived in Macao, Portugal's foothold on the south coast of China, in 1782. The trip was an economic disaster. Fearing reprisals by their government, Chinese merchants refused to purchase the contraband until one intrepid local businessman offered $210 per chest. To break even, each chest had to be sold for at least $500. The British merchants ended up dumping their cargo at a loss in Malaysia for the firesale price of $340. The fact that the opium found no eager buyers in China in 1782 suggests that it had not yet become a nation of addicts, although that would change dramatically in the next century. Indeed, fifteen years later, the British were importing four thousand chests per annum into China. (Hanes and Sanello, Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another, pp. 20-21).
The Chinese were reluctant to see their country hooked on opium so the Company forced them to open their doors to the drug.
The subsequent Opium Wars almost destroyed China as an independent nation and led to the deaths of millions of people. With such fabulous wealth at its disposal, the Company in London could easily afford to buy the king and Parliament.
The horrible 1919 Amritsar Massacre!!
The Rowlatt Act was a precursor to the Homeland Security Act in the United States. Anybody who opposed British rule was labeled a "terrorist:"
The Rowlatt Act, passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in London on March 10, 1919, indefinitely extending "emergency measures" (of the Defence of India Regulations Act) enacted during the First World War in order to control public unrest and root out conspiracy in India. Passed on the recommendations of the Rowlatt Committee and named after its president, British judge Sir Sidney Rowlatt, this act effectively authorized the government to imprison any person suspected of terrorism living in the Raj for up to two years without a trial, and gave the imperial authorities power to deal with all revolutionary activities. The unpopular legislation provided for stricter control of the press, arrests without warrant, indefinite detention without trial, and juryless in camera trials for proscribed political acts. The accused were denied the right to know the accusers and the evidence used in the trial. Those convicted were required to deposit securities upon release, and were prohibited from taking part in any political, educational, or religious activities. (Wikipedia, The Rowlatt Act).
Freedom-loving Indians were incensed at this tyrannical law after making such sacrifices during WWI:
Mainstream Indian nationalists cooperated with the British war effort and expected political concessions as a reward. So when the Government of India hailed the end of World War I by enacting a repressive law, Indian rage boiled over. Among other provisions, the Rowlatt Act of 1919 allowed the government to imprison indefinitely and sentence by tribunal–not trial–anyone suspected of sedition. A visionary leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, stepped to the fore and called for civil disobedience against what he termed a "devilish law." (Mukerjee, Churchill's Secret War, p. XXVI).
The oppressive Rowlatt Act, enforced by the British and their Indian lackeys aroused a lot of resentment in the Punjab region.
Riots began in Amritsar on April 10, when Lieutenant Governor O'Dwyer ordered the expulsion of 2 Indian nationalists: Saifuddin Kitchlew and Satyapal. 5 Britons were murdered and Miss Marcella Sherwood, superintendent of the Mission Day School for Girls, was assaulted and left for dead.
The 50 soldiers who took part in the Massacre were ruthless Gurkhas, and they had no qualms about shooting defenseless men, women, and children.
On April 19, as a reprisal for the assault on Miss Sherwood, general Dyer ordered all Indians to crawl on their bellies down the street where the attack took place.
The perpetuator of the Massacre, general Dyer, returned to Briton on May 3, 1920. Incredibly, many people hailed him as a HERO. Dyer was presented with a purse of £26,000 sterling, a huge sum in those days, (approximately £1,000,000 in terms of 2013 PPP) which emerged from a fund set up on his behalf by the Morning Post, a conservative, pro-Imperialistic newspaper, which later merged with the Daily Telegraph.
Non-violence in the face of unprovoked aggression is not a Biblical principle. When the real Jews were faced with extermination by the wicked Haman, the Persian Emperor recognized that even a minority in his empire had the right to self-defense:
Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to engage in self-defense, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish any armed force of any people or province that would attack them, their little ones and women, and to plunder their property (Esther 8:11).
Winston Churchill attended the 1929 funeral of his hero general Dyer.
Winston Churchill referred to India as the "Jewel in the Crown" and he was determined that India should be part of the British Empire for at least 1,000 years. Churchill was stationed in India during his youth, and while serving as Prime Minister he referred to Indians with contempt:
Soon after, however, an Indian member of the viceroy's council met Churchill and found him rumbling with rage. "What have we to be ashamed of in our Government of India? Why should we be apologetic or say that we are prepared to go out at the instance of some jackanapes?" the prime minister fumed. "If we have ever to quit India, we shall quit it in a blaze of glory, and the chapter that shall be ended then will be the most glorious chapter of that country, not merely in relation to the past but equally in relation to the future, however distant that may be. That will be my statement on India tomorrow. No apology, no quitting, no idea of weakening or scuttling." That very day, while discussing his forthcoming speech with Amery, Churchill exclaimed, "I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion." (Mukerjee, Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During WWII, p. 79).
Churchill used 2 men to partition or divide India: Jawaharlar Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
In 1947, India was partitioned and 2 hostile nations were created where one nation had existed for 4,000 years. The British divide and rule strategy was applied, with Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims divided along ethnic lines.
After the partition in 1947, a further partition took place in 1971 with the creation of Bangladesh. More countries mean more wars and wasteful military expenditures which could be used to improve the lives of the people.
"Independence" Day, observed annually on August 15, is a National Holiday in India commemorating the nation's "independence" from the British Empire.
"Independence" coincided with the partition of India, in which the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan; the partition was accompanied by violent riots and mass casualties, and the displacement of nearly 15 million people due to sectarian violence.
Subhas Chandra Bose would never have agreed to the partition of India or Indian's continued membership in the British Empire under the guise of "Commonwealth." His dream of a united and FREE India has not yet been realized.
We cannot undo the past and airbrush the British Empire from history . . . but by publicity . . . we can prevent Britannia, Inc., from ever resurrecting and tyrannizing over the nations once again!!
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