It was former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor who kick-started the debate by saying Britain owes India reparations for the economic exploitation that the Raj carried out during its rule. The 'Empire' had struck back saying Britain's legacy of its colonial rule was a 'unified' India, a secular democracy and the notion of equality. Are the Empire’s apologists engaging in chicanery and half-truths? What about the systematic destruction of India's cottage industry and transforming India into a British 'market'? Did British imperialism sustain itself through the vast resources of its colony? Join us for this special Independence Day debate.