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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Star Trek Deep Space Nine and The British Raj

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Whenever I come across a reference to the British rule of India, I am reminded of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the occupation of Bajor by the Cardassians, but I have never encountered anyone else expressing that opinion. I went a-Googling and this is all that I found:

The Jem'Hadar - Final episode of season 2.

jemadar was originally an armed official of a zamindar (feudal lord) in India who, like a military general, and along with Mridhas, was in charge of fighting and conducting warfare, mostly against the peasants and common people who lived on the lord's land. - Wikipedia

At the introduction to Guy Arnold’s The A to Z of Civil Wars in Africa argues, a lot of the civil wars on the African continent are rooted in the end of the colonial era:
When an empire comes to an end, it invariably leaves a series of vacuums behind it. In the Africa of the 1960s and 1970s, not one but four European empires – those of Belgium, Britain, France and Portugal – came to an end, and so it is hardy surprising that the continent has suffered from a series of political and power implosions. It is the need to fill these vacuums that lies at the centre of much of the violence that has troubled Africa over the 50 years since 1960.

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