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December 14, 2010

How many Indians died in the genocides committed by the British Raj?

Filed under: British Misrule — Yogeshwar Shastri @ 8:48 pm
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In Memoriam: In memory of the countless millions of Indians who perished in the genocides conducted by their British tormentors. You shall not be forgotten.

Approximate Number of Indians Killed by the British

Cause of Deaths

Number of Deaths


British-made Famines

85 million (approximately)

Please see Appendix I for a detailed breakup with references. For an  explanatory article on the famines click here.
Epidemics induced by Famines

Information is being gathered

Anglo-Indian Wars[i]

Information is being gathered

Indians Killed fighting for the British

Information is being gathered

Freedom Fighters martyred by the British

Information is being gathered

A   short poem in memory of the dead:

You Shall not be Forgotten

Voices of the past call out to us,

“Remember us, Remember us!”


Each voice has a tale to tell,

Of English “humanity” and “justice”.


With a heavy heart I hear their tales of woe,

“Stabbed with an English bayonet was I!”

“I was raped and left to die!”

“Dying of hunger, I was left to rot,

While my crops provided fodder for the English horse!”

“Did you see my village?

The firangis burnt it down in 1857.”

“I sold myself to save my child.”

There is no end to the mountain of grief,

Which befell our people in times gone by.


“There is no justice in this world,” they say in a voice,

“But let not our memories wither away,

What is more   cruel than to be forgotten by one’s own?”

“Remember us, Remember us!”


“Your memory shall be kept alive!”I say to them,

“On our shoulders the burden rests,

For we shall not let your memory fade!”


A brief Note on the rationale behind conducting this count…


“How many Indians were killed off by the British Raj?”

This   deceptively simple question was asked by a gentleman in the Bharat Rakshak forum. This got me thinking, “Surely there has to be a tally of the number of Indians killed by the British?” After all haven’t other mass genocides like that of the Jews by Nazi Germany been documented? A simple internet search will give you   estimates on how many Jews died in the Holocaust.

So why isn’t there any information on the total number of Indians killed off by the British in their “civilising” wars, manmade famines etc? Why have the “eminent” historians who set our educational syllabuses from their ivory towers in JNU (Jawaharlal University, Delhi) not brought out a simple tally of the Indians killed due to British imperialism? Have they done anything other than being Congress cronies and apologists for the Islamic mob? There is no surprise on their studied silence on British atrocities in India. After   all some of the more “eminent” historians owe their   sustenance and publicity to their lords overseas.

For the British government it is imperative that only the so called “positive” aspects of their tyranny in India are highlighted. Who would   want to own up to being responsible for multiple genocides?

At the end of the Second World War, a completely shattered Germany was forced to publicly atone for its war crimes. But the British pulled out of India completely intact, hence there was no “pressure” on them to repent for their genocides in India. Additionally, British academics and historians have played a pivotal role in denying outright or defending the role of their ancestors in the genocide .For e.g. take  the case of our First war of Independence of 1857.It is only recently that the Indian viewpoint has begun to emerge (“Operation Red Lotus” is a book I would recommend). For more than 150 years after the event the British version dominated mainstream narration of history.

Similarly in the case of other “Made in Britain” disasters, such as the terrible famines which hit India from 1768 till 1943 CE ( the last one occurred only four years before they left India in 1947 CE), British academia and their “brown sahibs” in India continually try to deny the British role in the deaths of millions. Case in point is   the Wikipedia entry for “Famines in India”. The lowest estimate of deaths is usually presented as the true one and every effort is made to absolve the British of the blood on their hands. One wonders who is editing those entries and why aren’t our people turning out in force to tell our version of history?

But the body of evidence regarding the deliberate murder of millions in the “good” times of the British Raj continues to pile up. It is heartening to see more and more mainstream books coming out outlining in detail the racist and deliberate policies pursued by British which directly led to the genocide of millions of Indians.

I am neither   a historian nor anything of that sort. I try to live by two principles in life: “Truth” and “Justice”. As far as the telling of our history is concerned, none of these two principles is present. This is my humble attempt to keep the memories of those who have passed away alive.

I have made a start on this long journey of compiling the number of our dead from a variety of different sources. The task is mind numbing and very painful for me personally, but it must be done.

I have started off with populating the total number of Indians killed in British-Made famines. As I populate each section I will add an Appendix which gives a detail break up with references and a short note from me. Each of the other casualty figures will be populated as I gather more information.

वन्दे मातरम्

[i] I believe the term “Anglo-Indian” war has been coined by Parag Tope in his book “Operation Red Lotus” for the war of 1857.However I have appropriated it to cover all the wars from the beginning of East India Company till the final suppression of large scale resistance in 1858 CE.


  1. Great..Please do check the American Records also.In one the books which i found on Gooogle books i found something. Please check google books.Tons of Old books and you find many old data

    Comment by HinduIDF — December 15, 2010 @ 4:01 am | Reply

  2. Looking fwd to more info.

    Comment by x — November 20, 2011 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  3. Does anyone know the author of the poem “You Shall not be Forgotten”, and when and where it was written??

    Comment by Shyam — January 13, 2012 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  4. The call the Nazis the Anti Christ, but the British killed nearly 20 times more people. In Germany the Jews bgan to rule, stopped the Germans from the rights of thier own country, whilst those killed ny the British represented no threat, nor did they change or seek to shange the way of life of the the British. WHo thereofre is the worst scourge? Clearly the Brits, who killed so many Indians, both American, East Indians, Maoris, Aboriginals, amounst the others, all to build an empire. Mind you Karma has come back to haunt the Brits, thier nation, their industires controlled by the Indians, and Chinese, and a nation whos national dish is Curry and every white male wants an East Indian irl friend. Revenge is …….

    Comment by Mr Rupa — June 10, 2012 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  5. One of the books that is a must read on this subject is “Churchill’s Secret War” by Madushree Mukherji. The research and documentation is impeccable.

    Comment by Riaz Quadir — February 4, 2013 @ 7:58 am | Reply

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  8. I read about the great british rule of india.
    But it always amazes me how our elders fought for british.why is a question never answered.is there any indian who can answer me why we are grovelling at english feet? It boils my blood to see english cricketers in Ipl.

    Comment by mohammad shahzada — May 12, 2014 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  9. well, i like idea to count people murdered by British criminals, but – unlike some commentators – i m not interested in revenge. original people of hindustan are very special. term HINDU indicates a person who avoids to hurt others. revenge is job of God. what need for our poor resources?

    Comment by sai-laxman, puttaparthi — May 19, 2014 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  10. Pls send development of hindu polity and political theroies by n.c.bandyopadhyaya book

    Comment by ramakrishna — November 3, 2014 @ 7:04 am | Reply

  11. Britain left India decades ago and still pays hundreds of millions a year to India. British historians teach the negatives of the British Raj and even ignore any positives – self-hate is a popular pastime with the modern British. I don’t know where you get your information but in Britain we are taught in school about the evils of the British Empire. We never hear anything else except how evil it was and how terrible we are.

    And despite this millions of Indians have moved to the UK (and other white majority commonwealth states), taken full citizenship and rights, avail of the generous welfare system and now hold positions in government and other parts of society.

    I think it is very important to remember all bad things done in the past but I don’t think people are responsible for what their ancestors did – especially when they are still paying for it decades later.

    Britain was paying billions a year to India for decades. This has now been reduced to hundreds of millions when the British public learned how most of their tax money was being squandered by corrupt Indian politicians rather than helping Indians who really needed. But it’s still hundreds of millions a year even as India has a space program. There are also hundreds of millions in private charity money poured into India from Britain and the wider western world.

    Calling us criminals for something our ancestors did even as we pay India is not about education so future generations do not make the same mistakes – it’s about hate and revenge.

    Comment by Norman Lowe — February 15, 2016 @ 5:51 am | Reply

    • Britian helps India by donating millions ..blah blah blah..and all of it goes back to Britain!U seem like an educated person so read up on how the aid money is funneled back to UK.All for show purposes and given to organisation ( not to government of India) which are busy acting as brown sepoys for their white masters.Why dont you browse through what DFID is actually doing? Who cares for your millions?

      Indian living in UK pay taxes and contribute to the economy.Check how much Indian students pour into your bankrupt Universities every year.Unlike the whites who raped,looted and did not pay a cent in tax in India.All was repatriated back to old blighty.

      There will come a generation of Indians who will start the process of taking back 18 trillion that UK owes us . Oh wait…we will probably need to deal with England..Scotland is fast slipping away.My articles are for that generation.

      We pay India?Really? What world do you guys live in?

      Comment by Yogeshwar Shastri — February 15, 2016 @ 8:53 am | Reply

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