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Yaka writes the Writers

Summary

It was delicious irony that this avatar of the EIC, the HSBC (which is not a Chinese bank, as some idiots would have you believe) became the eponymous owners of an Anglophiliac ‘literary’ infestation in the Ruhuna, setting up a job-mart for wannabe English writers in Galle.

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By the 17th century, an English ‘writer’ was an entry-level position into the largest corporation of the world: the English government’s chartered East India Company (EIC), architect of the largest 19th century trade in the world: the forcible sale of opium to China from India. 

A recruit joined the EIC as a ‘Writer,’ then made his (it was always a man) way up through Factor, Junior Merchant, and then Senior Merchant, after 13 long years. The 10 most senior merchants controlled the EIC in South Asia. 

A writer was a vunnabe merchant, rising in the ranks if he wrote as told – a fantasist of fiscal fictions for the most fraudulent firm then known. The entry-level position for a writer into the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was more aptly called – “Zoldaat de Pen” – a soldier of the pen. 

The term ‘author’ arose simultaneously to counter such hired ‘Writers’ who penned the causes of Capital and Empire, promising a record more ‘authentic.’ They failed.

England’s massive opium trade and opium wars midwifed ‘modernity’ in Asia.
Before that, the invasion of the Americas, and triangular Atlantic slave trade in Africans, spawned English banks such as Barclays and Barings, and most American settler states.

Hundreds of colonial governments and princely kingdoms from Bombay to Hong Kong and beyond arose out of peddling poppies. In England, the dope-soaked EIC controlled bishop, pawn, parliament and king.

The EIC’s immense opium profits eventually spawned London’s Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, once the most profitable bank in the world. Opium profits were spread across the world: setting up tea plantations (Liptons-Unilever) in Lanka, diamond and gold fields (via Johannesburg’s De Beers and Anglo-American Corporation, which controls southern Africa’s economy) and mining (Rio Tinto, BHP-Billiton, etc) and industry in the Americas. 

The first US millionaires (as did the US Marines) arose from forcing Turkish opium on China, begetting the New York Astors and Roosevelts, and the Boston ‘Brahmin’ bankers such as the Forbes, Coolidges, Emersons, etc., financiers of US railroads and industry (Bell Telephone, etc.). Yes, several became US presidents. No wonder they cannot let China and us be!

The Hongkong & Shanghai Bank was linked to the top English opium smugglers, Jardine-Matheson (JM) & Co., the biggest ‘private English traders’ who took over the EIC monopoly in 1832. JM & Co. was a front for the Rothschilds bankers. Surgeon William Jardine, JM & Co.’s founder was made the first landlord of Hong Kong after the English opium wars on China. 

Jardine was made the romanticized buccaneering hero of the Nobel House and Taipan fictions of James Clavell (hagiographer on a fee scale). Jardine’s partners in the opium trade were the Bombay Parsi merchant Tatas and the Jain Roychunds. JM & Co. is still a major shareholder of the Tata Corporation, trying to control the iron and steel industry, dumping those used Japanese cars on South and South East Asia. They now also own INSEE Cement, once Sri Lanka’s Cement Corporation! 

It was delicious irony that this avatar of the EIC, the HSBC (which is not a Chinese bank, as some idiots would have you believe) became the eponymous owners of an Anglophiliac ‘literary’ infestation in the Ruhuna, setting up a job-mart for wannabe English writers in Galle.

So should I also join the queue in that marketplace to sell my lies?

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