Effects Of British Rule On India

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By the late 1700s, industrially made goods were gaining popularity in Europe. With all of the factories, the British needed resources to continue making all of the products that were in high demand. In the early 1700s, India’s government was falling apart. With their political vulnerability and great climate for growing crops, India was ideal territory for the British to take advantage of. The East India Company, a British company, took workers and land after victoriously beating India in the Battle of Plassey. Over time the company gained control of more and more land. When Britain took control of India, they set up a new government, opened up trade with other countries, made efforts to preserve the environment, and reduced the…show more content…
Dr. Lalvani explains how the British came and reunified the government, which had fallen apart (Paragraph 6). What he didn’t mention, is that after building it, they largely took control over the government, not allowing the people that were native to the country to run it themselves, which might’ve factored into the split of the country of India after it was granted independence from Britain (Document 1). When British administration began, new trades were put in place (Paragraph 10), and the farmers in India were taught how to use their land for profit by growing cash crops, but in doing so, also degraded the earth, causing the climate to warm, and leaving the soil malnourished and unfit for growing any more crops (Document 7). Last, although teaching the people of India the English language would’ve helped to unite the country, only a minority of the young, wealthy Indians were taught the language (Document 10), perhaps to keep the mass of the population easier for the government to control. Dr. Lalvani chose to only look at the advancements that British Imperialism brought India, but you can also see the long-lasting effects of Imperialism by looking at the hardships and struggles that the people of India had to endure, and are still dealing with
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