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BBC blasted for ‘unbalanced’ report on Winston Churchill’s response to Indian famine

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University of Oxford historian Yasmin Khan said the statesman who led victory over Hitler could have been guilty of “prioritising white lives over Asian lives”. Rudrangshu Mukherjee of India’s Ashoka University added that the British icon was seen as a “precipitator” for not intervening. But Professor Tirthankar Roy, an economic history expert at the London School of Economics, hit back: “The agency with the most responsibility for causing the famine and not doing enough was the government of Bengal.”

Military historian Sir Max Hastings admitted the “blot” on Churchill’s record but claimed it should be weighed against his contribution to defeating fascism.

Former BBC and Daily Express journalist Tom Mangold said the corporation had effectively branded Churchill a racist – while former Tory MEP Dame Jacqueline Foster accused the BBC of being “one-sided”.

The row came after Churchill’s statue in Westminster had to be boarded up after it was daubed with the word “racist” during a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

A BBC spokesman said the report made clear Churchill did not cause the famine but had been accused of making it worse.

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