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帝国的代价

新德里—印度人不纠结于他们的殖民地历史。不管是通过民族优势还是文明劣势,长期以来印度一直没有对长达200年的英国帝国主义奴役、掠夺和剥削产生积怨。但印度人对于过去的淡定并不意味着将英国做了些什么一笔勾销。

1947年,在经历了两个世纪的帝国统治后,英国从印度狼狈退出,导致印度的野蛮分裂和巴基斯坦的崛起。有趣的是,这并没有引起仇英情绪。印度选择以共和国的身份留在英联邦中,并与前宗主保持着友好关系。

几年后,丘吉尔问在英国做了近十年牢的尼赫鲁,为什么他对过去的苦难无动于衷。尼赫鲁回答说,“一位伟人,”即圣雄甘地,教导印度人“永远不要害怕,永远不要憎恨。”

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