Wednesday, August 11, 1943
Yesterday the papers reported that Clare Boothe Luce had ripped into British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for his views on India. Famously contemptuous of colonials, in 1931 Churchill described Mahatma Gandhi as “half-naked striding up the steps of the Viceregal Palace.” He had also stated: “I do not intend to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.” Luce would have none of that. “Certainly we fight for the freedom of every white man in Europe,” she stated, “But do we fight for the freedom and liberty of the south sea islanders, the Malaysians, the Indians, and the peoples of Asia? May I inquire if the Atlantic Charter extends to the peoples of Asia?” Whatever Churchill declared, world events would answer her question with a ringing “Yes!” Enjoy this rap version of the exchanges between Churchill and Gandhi. Who knows what Churchill would think of the statue of Gandhi now erected hear his in London’s Parliament Square.