Thursday, May 18, 2017

Evangelical Loot by Christian British- American Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland Testimony

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American Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland (1842-1936) former President of the India Information Bureau of America and Editor of Young India (New York). Author of India, America and World Brotherhood, and Causes of Famine in India. He has written glowingly about India's culture: 
"When the British first appeared on the scene, India was one of the richest countries of the world; indeed, it was her great riches that attracted the British to her shores. For 2,500 years before the British came on the scene and robbed her of her freedom, India was self-ruling and one of the most influential and illustrious nations of the world."
“This wealth,” says  was created by the Hindus’ vast and varied industries. Nearly every kind of manufacture or product known to the civilized world – nearly every kind of creation of Man’s brain and hand, existing anywhere, and prized either for its utility or beauty – had long, long been produced in India. India was a far greater industrial and manufacturing nation than any in Europe or than any other in Asia. Her textile goods – the fine products of her loom, in cotton, wool, linen, and silk – were famous over the civilized world; so were her exquisite jewelry and her precious stones, cut in every lovely form; so were her pottery, porcelains, ceramics of every kind, quality, color and beautiful shape; so were her fine works in metal – iron, steel, silver and gold. She had great architecture – equal in beauty to any in the world. She had great engineering works. She had great merchants, great business men, great bankers and financiers. Not only was she the greatest ship-building nation, but she had great commerce and trade by land and sea which extended to all known civilized countries. Such was the India which the British found when they came. 
Rev. C. F. Andrews, missionary, professor and publicist, says: 
"Our whole British talk about being ' trustees of India' and coming out to ' serve' her, about bearing the 'white man's burden' about ruling India 'for her good,' and all the rest, is the biggest hypocrisy on God's earth."
Many will remember the poem written by Bertrand Shadwell:
"If you see an island shore
Which has not been grabbed before
Lying in the track of trade, as islands should
With the simple native quite
Unprepared to make a fight
Oh, you just drop in and take it for his good
Not for love of money, be it understood
But you row yourself to the land,
With a Bible in your hand,
And you pray for him and rob him, for his good:

If he hollers, then you shoot him for his good.
Or this lesson I can shape
To campaigning at the Cape,
He would welcome British rule
If he weren't a blooming fool;
Thus, you see it's only for his good,
So they're burning houses for his good
Making helpless women homeless for their good,
Leaving little children orphans for their good
In India there are bloody sights
Blotting out the Hindu's rights

Where we've slaughtered many millions for their good
And, with bullet and with brand,
Desolated all the land
But you know we did it for their good,
Yes, and still more far away
Down in China, let us say
Where the "Christian" robs the "heathen" for his good,
You may burn and you may shoot
You may fill your sack with loot
But be sure you do it for his good."

(source: India in Bondage: Her Right to Freedom - By Rev. Jabez T. Sunderland p.1-61). This book, published in India and promptly suppressed by the British Government, is the history of the British Rule in India from the Indian side. 
The central theme of the book was that the British rule in India was unjust, that the Indians were abundantly competent to rule themselves and that America should support the cause of Indian nationalism. The book appeared to be so seditious to the British authorities in India that it was not only proscribed, its publisher was arrested and proceeded against under the Indian Penal Code).  

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