The British Empire from the onset of East India Company rule of the region and throughout the time of the British Raj caused massive levels of economic, social and humanitarian damage to the country. Failed economic and agricultural policies of British Rule in India led to a series of famines that claimed the lives of 15 to 55 million people. Combined with the direct violence carried out through land acquisition, social mismanagement worsening ethnic tensions, and the economical aggression of debt slavery; there was a very direct human and economic cost to British Imperialism in India.
Famine was a reoccurring theme of British rule in India, both when under the control of the East India Company and the British Crown. The failing economic policy of the British East India Company led hunger following a failed monsoon season in 1769 to become widespread starvation through prolonged exploitative tax policy even as the situation descended into famine. However a severe pattern of famines began to emerge as history repeated itself in 1783, 1866, 1873, 1892, 1897 and 1943/4, the majority caused by dry monsoon seasons and disastrous British responses to it. Reparations to compensate for this dark region in Indian and British history should unquestionably be made, if not to repay for damages made then at least as a symbol of British recognition of this crime of history.