Monday 5 January 2015

Men of Straw

“Power will go to the hands of ras­cals, rogues, free­boot­ers. All Indian lead­ers will be of low cal­i­bre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst them­selves for power and India will be lost in polit­i­cal squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed in India."
     Winston Churchill speaking in the British House of Commons in March, 1947, about what would happen when India became independent.


  1. "Power will go to rascals, rogues, freebooters. . . .
    All leaders will be of low caliber & men of straw. . .
    They'll have sweet tongues & silly hearts. . .
    They will fight amongst themselves for power & the two countries will be
    lost in political squabbles. . . .
    A day would come when even air & water will be taxed.

    He wrote this 64 years ago. . .
    Incredibly we've worked very hard to prove him right. . . "

    Apparently these words were uttered by Winston Churchill on the topic of
    granting India independence.
    And if you read the news of India its not surprising to find an article
    about so and so scam or corruption involving major political figures.

    So my question is..Did Winston Churchill really say the above words?


    The quote seems to have been mis-attributed to Mr. Churchill.