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Sea reading - foto di Clara Nubile
"Since the time of the East India Company, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Indian labour had been exploited for its cheapness. Coolie labour was the basis of the British Raj, from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century, whether it was growing cotton for the textile mills, or jute for rope, or tea to satisfy the imperial thirst or (as in the 1850s) Indian opium for the purpose of weakening China, turning it into a nation of addicts, and enriching the British. Indians were still being exploited, but unskilled labour and muscle power had ceased to be much of use; the workers were now intelligent, educated, mostly young, a whole workforce of cultivated coolies."
(Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux)    

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