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In the mean time the usual precautions to avoid infection - will never be perfect but try our best.
We all base our understanding based on facts presented and also our knowledge and past experience and cause and effect reasoning.
No one is expected to believe all that is written in the Guardian or other papers.
Once again - you don't understand British or Indian history - you need to be able to look at all sides or get lost - as you obviously are.
Following the opium Wars and the Indian Mutiny much of Opium growing areas were devastated and Indian tea plantations were set up for the British Market.
Look up the like of William Gladstone who was a Director many Indian Cos - shipping, Tea, etc.
Also look up
All human societies have indulged in what would be called dark deeds by today's standards - that is how history evolves - no Angels or Devils.
The military men of the day profited from the various wars and expeditions. The Opium Wars (19th Century) with China was triggered when the Chinese Emperor banned Indian Opium being bartered for Chinese Tea exported to Britain and Opium addiction became prevalent in China. Many British Prime ministers of the day and MPs profited from the various expeditions and corrupt business ventures of the East India Co including the sack of Peking (Lord Elgin 1860) when Hong Kong was taken over - you refer to Jardine Henderson/Matheson - started from those times.
The East India Co was essentially a Mafia racket. Just one example - the Gladstone Family was involved in many colonial ventures - tea and opium plantations, shipping including transporting indentured workers after the emancipation of slaves, etc, etc.
Many British PMs and MPs or their Family members were involved in shipping and the slave trade, also various colonial ventures that brought them immense wealth. Politics in the 18th and 19th centuries was corrupt and the British Ruling Classes benefited immensely - look up the history of various Grand Mansions and Estates they built.
Also look up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_s...