Why we cannot and should not remove Cecil Rhodes' statue
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We cannot remove Cecil Rhodes’ statue from Oriel College at Oxford University because he represents a shameful and regretful part of our history. We should not remove Cecil Rhodes’ statue from Oriel College at Oxford University, because the shameful and regretful part of our history that he represents must be remembered and learned from.
The entrance to the Red Fort, flying the flag of Independent IndiaIt is Christmas Eve and I wander the streets of Delhi looking for somewhere to go, something to do. I had heard a lot of good things about the Red Fort, residence of the Mughal emperor of India until 1857. What really caught my eye however, was the Freedom Struggle Museum hidden away in an old army barracks inside the Fort. Entering the first room I look around me to find paintings of battles from the 1800s. I scoff as I recount the two years I spent studying British India and the Indian Independence movement. “This should just be a recap, huh?” The first painting I come to depicts the Bundela Uprising of 1842. I tried to pick through the papers I wrote aged 17. No, I could not remember the Bundela Uprising of 1842. I moved along to the Gadkari Rebellion of 1844. No, I did not remember that one, either. Neither did I remember the Santhal Rebellion of 1844, or the Chaur Uprising of 1799, or the Revolt of Devan Veluthombi, or the Jat Uprising of 1669, or the Bhil Uprising of 1817, or the Uprising of Kittur, or the public hangings of Sikhs in Amritsar after the Indian Rebellion of 1857, or the Indigo Revolts between 1859 and 1862. The list goes on. A prima facie sense of stupidity began to wash over me as I lambasted myself for forgetting these events. Yet what initial stupidity I felt was soon followed by waves of embarrassment as I realised that I had not forgotten anything: I just had not been taught about them. The embarrassment finally subsided as the sadness for the loss of these innocent men and regret for my ancestors' actions enveloped me.
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