“Our system acts very much like a sponge, drawing up all the good things from the banks of the Ganges, and squeezing them down on the banks of the Thames.” Comment. [1985, 20m]
Highlighting the suppressive and colonial nature of British rule in India, John Sullivan, President of the Board of Revenue, Madras had said the above lines. He defended the Indian Land Revenue system but complained against the annual Economic Drain from India. In his view it is not the amount altogether that people of India have to complain of but rather the application of that amount. Under the Indian dynasties money was spent in the country but under our (British) rule that money is annually drained away.
Dadabhai Naoroji said that India was continuously deprived of its wealth. By whatever amount India was deprived, had it been invested in INDIA a huge development would have taken place.