Add a sign to the Queen Victoria statue in Hove, explaining the impact of the Empire

Add a sign to the Queen Victoria statue in Hove, explaining the impact of the Empire

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Tim Telford started this petition to Brighton & Hove City Council and

The statue of Queen Victoria in Hove proudly declares her the Ind Imperatrix (Empress of India). This is a title given to her because of the British colonisation of India. It is estimated that the colonisation lead to the death of 35 million Indian people (https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-35-million-deaths-britain-shashi-tharoor-british-empire-a7627041.html%3famp ) although it is known more people lost their life to famine in this time which may have been directly due to British mismanagement.

Proudly declaring Queen Victoria the Empress of India implies a glory to the Empire which is unfounded. We ask that a sign is placed near the statue that gives a brief account of the impact of colonisation, including the estimated number of deaths. This sign will help to educate people about Britain’s more difficult history with the rest of the world.

 

This will not right any wrongs done. But it will show that we, in Brighton and Hove, refuse to stand by the glorious image of empire presented in the Victorian propaganda this statue represents.

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