“The myth of the British colonial ‘master’ and his infamous piggy-back ride”

“The myth of the British colonial ‘master’ and his infamous piggy-back ride”

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This was shared this morning on my social media feed, showing how the British mistreated locals and women in the past: “1930, A British Official being carried by a Bengali woman in a remote area of United India where no buses or cars could go.”

Of course, it is not true but hey, its social media.

As you can well imagine, the back story is completely different and the image does not show what you think it shows.

It is not a British officer, but a Frenchman in Burma (now called Myanmar). The local translator said his wife was so strong that she could carry him – and she agreed. She then demonstrated she could carry him, and the French official had it photographed using an early Kodak camera.

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