Amitav Ghosh new book blames India too for China’s opium addiction, ‘civilisational shock’


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“Indians would do well to remember these words every time they are assailed by a sense of grievance in relation to China,” Ghosh writes in Smoke and Ashes. In his book, Ghosh has quoted Gopal Krishna Gokhale – one of the many public figures who were part of the anti-opium movement in India. “I have always felt a sense of deep humiliation at the thought of this [opium] revenue, derived as it is practically from the degradation and moral ruin of the people of China,” Gokhale had said. “You can’t blame them (Indian traders) entirely since the British were leading...