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Er... Pigeon Stools

British Raj conquistadors at Trafalgar and the excreta of history

Er... Pigeon Stools
Er... Pigeon Stools
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PERHAPS Sir Charles James Napier should remain standing at London's touristy spot of Trafalgar Square, immortalised as he remains under everlasting droppings of pigeons. London Mayor Ken Livingstone's plans to remove his statue along with that of Sir Henry Havelock from Trafalgar would cheat the British of a half-chance to know what stuff some of their heroes were made of.
It was to honour their conquests in India in the Raj era that the 4.5-metre-tall statues came to stand on the plinth at Trafalgar Square. Napier was honoured for his conquest of Sind. A conquest that came after he had declared "we have no right to seize Scinde". He went ahead, however, as he said, to "bully" the Amirs of Sind into a confrontation and then led a conquest which he described as "very advantageous, useful, humane piece of rascality". The conquest over, he sent a one-word pun in Latin to his headquarters saying he had "sinned" (Sind). Typically British, you'd say.
But it wasn't really a story of quaint English puns. There's more the man said, back in the last but one century. "Fools! We have...
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