If Oxford can’t have Lord Curzon on its walls, will Mysore in its park?



In 2015, a campaign titled “Rhodes Must Fall” became a global blaze.

What started off at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, as a movement for the “decolonisation of education”, spread across the world, to Oxford and Berkeley, with the statue of Cecil Rhodes as the rallying figure.

At Oxford University, students voted in favour of removing the statue of the British business and mining magnate from the campus, but were eventually thwarted in their efforts by donors who threatened to cut off aid, and warned against rewriting history.

Now, a portrait of Lord Curzon, the British viceroy to India from 1899 to 1905, has been removed from Oxford, for much the same reasons: that he failed to combat the famine of 1899-1900 in India that killed a million people.

How much longer before the Oxford campaign reaches Mysore, and someone says Curzon Park should be renamed