|Butcher Brig.Gen.James Neill. British India.royalcollection.org|
Neill was killed in combat at Lucknow in September 1857. The inscription on the pedestal of Neil’s statue read: “Universally acknowledged as the first who stemmed the torrent of rebellion in Bengal (vide: ‘Madras Hand Book 1871)..........................
|James Neill (1810-1857) was a Scottish Army officer Alamy|
Col. James Neill of the ‘Madras Fusiliers’, a European unit, was summoned from Madras to command the army to deal with the Mutiny that was gaining upper hand in Lucknow. Without any remorse, he came down heavily on the rebels, using “ruthless and horrible” methods to put down the mutineers. What shocked the civilized world was the ghostly and gruesome method followed by James Neill who had surpassed the most dreadful dictator in terms of brutality and his killing spree of innocent people. It was just spine-chilling and macabre. Neill did what other military officials would carefully avoid. He ordered the “entire villages to be burnt down and inhabitants hanged” as he marched towards Cawnpore (Kanpur) without any qualms about his murderous act. A large number of innocent Brahmins who had no connection with the rebellion, got his attention. He had his soldiers round up them just like a herd of cattle in a ranch and insulted their orthodoxy by forcing them to wash off the blood oozing from the dead British while his soldiers kept on whipping them up non-stop till they fell dead like fire-arm victims. The horrible vengeance was not yet over. As a final act, he hanged them all en masse He massacred thousands of rebels during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and more or less the same mass killing was reenacted in Jallianwallah Bagh on 13 April 1919 under yet another mass murderer Brig. Gen. Reginald Dyer. Twenty two years later, tagged as the greatest Briton by the public, Sir Winston Churchill was indirectly responsible for killing roughly 4 million people in Bengal in the Great Bengal Famine in the early 1940s by artificially creating scarcity of food grains. The British government, as of today, is yet to prove their magnanimity by tendering apology to the Indian public for all the atrocities they committed during their colonial days in India in the name of democracy.
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The gigantic (10 feet in height), sculpted bronze statue of James Neil that was on Mount Road, Madras until 1937, was taken away from the public eye and is now coated with dust deposited over a long period of time since 1952 in the Anthropology section of the Madras Museum. So, the present generation of Indian have no idea about this notorious British Army officer whose motto was "Violence can be won by violence".
|1857.The Relief of Lucknow, by Thomas Jones Barkern.wikipedia.org|
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