Churchill’s legacy still painful for Indians – BBC News

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    In the latest in our series of reports on the legacy of the British Empire, Yogita Limaye reports from India, one of the UK’s former colonies about how former British prime minister Winston Churchill is viewed by people there, particularly in relation to a deadly famine that occurred in the country during the second world war.

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