The British government has tortured humanity more than any other government in the world. For three hundred and fifty years it has been the greatest terrorist possible; it killed millions of people around the world, to create the greatest empire of history. This government is absolutely in tune with the American imperialistic ideology. Out of necessity, it has been compelled to give freedom to the countries of its empire, but not willingly and joyously. Those countries had to fight for almost one century, without any arms. They were butchered, without any most of human values.
In India, occurred an incident, which can be considered one of the most inhuman in history. In Amritsar, the holy place of the Sikhs, they have a beautiful public garden. It has a very high wall so that no traffic noise comes in and it has only one door, so small that only one person can come out or go in; two people together cannot pass through the door. They were having a silent meeting — children, women, old men. The prayer was, “The British government should change its heart and should leave our country.” Now, it is not terrorism; they were simply praying for a change of heart. But Colonel Dyer, who was in charge of the area, went there with his troops, fixed machine guns on the people, and started firing — because it is a revolution against the empire, this prayer that the government should change its heart! There was only one door, and from that door, they were shooting bullets at random, with no discrimination — children, women, old men.
And nobody could escape from there because of the high wall. Dyer killed the whole crowd; not a single human being came out alive from that door. Now, it was their country; the British had been terrorists, had been ruling their country, exploiting their country. India has been rich, known for thousands of years as “a golden bird” — that’s how Pythagoras describes it, that’s how Alexander the Great describes it. So many invaders… but still India seemed to be inexhaustibly rich. People would come, invade the country, take away their treasures, take over their beautiful women… This had been going on for thousands of years; the British were the last. For three hundred years they squeezed every richness, the last drop of it, from Indian soil. And people were not even allowed to pray for a change of heart — this became an act against the empire. And there was no need for any magistrate, for any judge; there was no need for any trial. Just… a colonel simply kills all those people!
The British government has been one of the ugliest phenomena that we know of. It created the biggest empire — it was said that in the British Empire the sun never set. And it was true because the empire was all around the earth. The sun may have set in one part, but it was rising in another part; there was no gap. The sun was always rising somewhere in the British empire. These imperialists have a deep sympathy, friendship, with America. Naturally, it is for the public good to allow American troops, to allow America a base to destroy a small country.