As part of 'Black lives matter'' (BLM) protestors want Robert Clive's statues removed from public places

Robert Clive who seized Bengal dishonestly.

Robert Clive Clive,  when came to Calcutta  from Madras settlement  with his troops in June 1744  to retrieve Ft. William  captured by Nawab  Siraj- ud-daulah,   was just 19 years of age and had already gained considerable expertise in military warfare at Arcot   and Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.  Being a shrewd young man,  he is often   remembered for his uncontrolled  and unbounded exploitation of such opportunities thrust upon him.  He availed himself of such opportunities for his personal gains  as well for the growth of the English company.   In the aftermath of EIC's victory over over Mughal emperor Shah Alam II in the Battle of Buxar in 1764, the Company  got the rights to  collect taxes directly from the people of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. With the right to raise revenue, employees of the Company serving in India  particularly  Robert Clive made  a bundle.   His manipulative powers and  military ingenuity put him on the pedestal.  Clive finally returned to Britain in 1767 with a personal fortune then estimated at 4,00,000 pounds sterling, a whooping sum in those days.  He never earned the money  through sweat and blood, rather   through dishonestly  So till to day he has   remained a symbol of racism, dishonesty and corruption.

Lots of petitions  addressed to Shropshire  County council, England  were sent in  June  2020 as part of Black  lives matter (BLM) Champaign   by protestors. The petition already had attracted 1700 people, seeking  the removal of  the statue of Robert  Clive at  Shrewsbury, West England,  where it has been there for more than 100 years. 

The present generation of young people world over have begun to look at those purported historical colonial  figures related to slavery and imperialism  through  magnifying glasses   and are  spurred by a keen desire to  correct the  historical wrongs that have left behind vast swathes of scars in the former colonies. The BLM  movement is not  localized and from  America to Australia and from Canada to England, it  emphasizes the fact that there is an  urgency to confront vestiges of  racism and imperialism across the globe.  Across the world, the past history has too many dark chapters  dominated by racism, killing and exploitation of  colonies and the veil has to be removed for a new world order.  The historical injustice and outright exploitation is vented out by way of knocking down off the pedestal  of  slave traders, racists, and confederate generals.   The message is clear: '' the contemptuous  heroes of the past  must subscribe to the 21st century sense of justice to be on pedestals''.

Robert Clive's statue, Shrewsbury, Britain.

Above image:  A statue to Robert Clive, (head of an unregulated corrupt  East India company) an epitome of  nepotism, dishonesty and impropriety.  Clive's statue  in Shrewsbury, Britain.  His house in Claremont, Sussex, purchased from wealth he made in India and the Powis Castle in Wales, which has a large collection of Indian items are among properties managed by National Trust.   At least 50 such properties in England and Wales are linked to the East India Company, whose employees  dishonestly earned fortunes in India and returned home to build large houses and live in splendor. Such returning wealthy individuals were called  White ‘Nabobs’, who also wielded political power in Westminster in the 18th and 19th centuries.   Former governor of Madras Ronald d’Arcy Fife’s  Nunnington Hall  (on a plot of 8 acres) in Yorkshire; the home of Francis Syke (one of the ‘nabobs’), Basildon Park (designed by John Carr in the Palladian style) Berkshire; and Rudyard Kipling’s home Bateman’s in east Sussex are some of the properties  bought from the wealth looted in India.

Francis Syke's  Basildon Park. England,

Ronald d’Arcy Fife’ Nunnington hall, England.

Robert Clive's  Powis Castle, Wales

Robert Clive's  Powis Castle, Wales

Above images:  The Powis  castle, wales has a vast collections looted from India by Clive. Collection  numbering some 1,000 objects from about 1600 to the 1830s, are on display  at  Powis . They include ivories, textiles, statues of Hindu gods, ornamental silver and gold, weapons and ceremonial armor from India and East Asia.”. All these buildings including Claremont house. were bought from the wealth earned in India. They are being managed by the national trust  ......................

.Robert Clive's Claremont house, England

Writes Lucy Porten of the National Trust: “At Claremont, purchased with the wealth he (Clive) had made in India, he built a new house, intended to be his main residence and to display the treasures he had amassed. In the early 1770s, Clive had begun acquiring Old Master pictures, which were intended for the Great Room at Claremont”.

At the time of his death, the house, unfinished and unfurnished, was a repository for his various collections, including that of ‘Indian Curiosities’ (still unpacked at that point). Robert’s son, Edward (1754–1839), would become 1st Earl of  Powis,  following his marriage to Lady Henrietta Herbert (1758–1830) in 1784, and Governor of Madras in 1798”.

The trust also had  identified 93 properties linked to slavery and colonialism during the British Empire. The research is part of historical reviews initiated by several government departments and organizations in the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

 Why is there  a demand for the removal of Clive's statues from public places in England?''  Clive as a symbol of  British colonialism is offensive to Bengali, Indian of  SE Asian decent and to attempt to  justify it as a celebration of British pride and nationalism is justifiable if one revels in the persecution and murder of millions of innocent people''. 

Today, Clive  is being held as a historical figure and founder of the British Empire.  But, if we delve  deep into British India  we realize he was symbol of colonialism  and exploitation of Indian natives and their vast resources.  He is now  tagged as  ''a greedy plunderer, a ruthless trickster and even a “social psychopath”. The historical writing about him  is quite conflicting, a hyped up hero. However,   he diligently manipulated human frailties  and exploited the Indian natives  who were divided among  themselves based on religion, castes,  creed and culture, etc. 

 Robert  Clive earned the title Clive of India as he was the first Governor of Bengal in the 18th century  after dishonestly taking over the entire Bengal and adjacent regions by way of killing the Nawab of Bengal  Siraj- ud -daulah and a host of others in collusion with dissident Amirs  in his court.  Clive cleverly sought the help of    William Watts (c. 1722 - 4 August 1764), a British official with the East India Company. Along with Clive  he   was involved in the overthrow of the last independent ruler of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daulah leading directly to the consolidation of Company rule in India and his own personal enrichment. Through his wife Begum Johnson, he had notable descendants, including a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Watts'  proficiency   in Bengali, Hindustani and Persian language was to the advantage of the company.  His move set the stage for the the Battle of Plassey (23 June 1757)  in which the Nawab was betrayed by his own men  as conspired before.   On 5 June 1757 Watts visited Mir Jafar and obtained his oath of allegiance in the name of holy ''Koran'' and it finally led to the assassination of Nawab Siraj.  Reason:  He was not cooperative  with the company and demanded payment of vast arrears of customs taxes due from the company.  The English company  never stuck to the trade agreement and indulged in various illegal trading activities. In recognition of his services, Watts was given £114,000 from the Nawab's treasury and  Clive  promoted him as  the  governor of Fort William, Calcutta(Kolkata)  on 22 June 1758.   As for the black-hole incident, Nawab Siraj had nothing to do with it but he was portrayed as the villain responsible for the killing of so many British subjects in the dungeon.

Clive played no less role in the looting of Bengal and grabbing money from the rich under duress and the riches of Bengal found their way back to England along with him. Clive, with his vast riches looted in India bought palatial mansions in  Sussex and wales and they are being managed by the National  Trust.

To have a statue commemorating the man  who ruined a rich nation and  held the innocent people to his barbaric act is  offensive and embarrassing;  he is nothing more than a figure of oppression and and white supremacy. There is nothing historical about the way he looted the land. For more than 100 years this looter was commemorated  for the petty reason that he founded the British Empire in a land trough intrigues and exploitation, besides using brute forces.

People world over are tearing apart historical figures like Columbus and Churchill  whos past racist histories have been purposely ignored  to glorify them   as  explorers.  leaders and politicians. The history of Columbus is murky.   He  brought racism to the US and   later in 1494 started trans Atlantic  slave trade and exploited the indigenous people. The native Americans welcomed Columbus and his men and, in return, his men went on a mass killing and took away their lands. In the later years the evangelists descended on  America and  destroyed the native American culture and converted them into Christianity. In reality, they were not true Christians as taught by Christ.