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Is British Raj was good for India before revolt of 1857 ?

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Started: 5/24/2016 Category: Politics
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I think British came India for their benefit but also they were doing better for India before 1857 e.g. they abolished the great curse in India "Sati Pratha".


The revolt of 1857 happened because of British cruelty in india. Until then, the British were in pact with rulers with certain treaties that allowed them to share power. Then Dalhousie's new policies made the British army complete annex many kingdoms such as Jhansi, Satara, Sambalpur etc. The royal kings were no longer given their status and treating them badly invoked anger from the citizens. Also, the grease cartridges in the rifles of sepoys hurt the religious sentiments of the Indian soldiers. Not only the royal families but also their employees and people associated with them were deprived of their living due to the British.
India"s economy collapsed as a result of the British taxes and revenue administration. The company"s trade policy destroyed Indian handicrafts. Huge numbers of Indians were thrown out of employment. Indian weavers lost their trade due to factory-made goods, and farmers were forced to grow cotton which resulted in famines. Cotton was took from the farmers at a very low price and could be classified as stealing. Exploitation of the Zamindars and peasants resulted in many people losing their homes. Thus the artisans and peasantry joined hands with the sepoys in the mutiny.
There was a great disparity in salaries between the Indian and European soldiers. The Indian sepoys were treated with contempt by their European officers. The sepoys were sent to distant parts of the empire, but were not paid any extra allowance.Indian sepoys were refused promotion in service as like their European counterparts. Out of such discon"tent the Indian sepoys led to a mutiny.
Moreover, the racial attitude of the British lowered the confidence of the Indians and set a mindset that white people were superior to them. There was lot of discrimination between Indians and foreigners in any field.
Debate Round No. 1


We know that wehave to lose something to gain. And these are works done by britishers, If we continued that rule we most probably be developed nation,

Unification of India

Introduced Railway Service

Channelised postal service

Perhaps the only thing we can thank the Britishers for: cricket. The British Rule bought cricket to the country, and today, it is perhaps the only thing that has the power to bring almost the entire nation together.

English language and education
The language I am writing in, and you are reading in, is surely a gift of the British. Lord William Bentinck, who was the Governor-General from 1828-1835, saw the difficulty in administration of economy, law, justice and cooperation due to the lack of a uniform language.

Eradicating systems like "Sati" and finishing "Thugs"

The Dufferin Bridge, the Howrah Bridge, The Sutlej bridge (now in Pakistan), the Victoria bridge, Fort William, Fort St. George, India Gate, Teen Murthi House, Parliament House, Victoria Memorial, and several other monuments, which exist even today, were built during the British Raj. The Britishers gave India some excellent infrastructure that the country prides upon today.


Railway service and postal service blueprints could have been given to our rulers and didn't require British administrative control. Cricket and infrastructure also could have been introduced without oppression. Plus, we crafted the Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar, and the British demeaned our old monuments and our infrastructure was good enough. Systems like Sati were eradicated, but Hindu Gods were regarded as inferior and devils, and resulted in destruction of some of our old culture. Thugs were replaced by stealing British officials, for the law was so biased and mutilated that there was nothing for the bandits to take. Crime still existed in India, and movements such as of Bhagat Singh and others have been regarded as crimes by the British government of that time. White superiority still exists in India, with blacks being discriminated, although not at a very serious level. Foreign products are given more value due to the mindset of white superiority and speaking English has become the sign of education, while regional languages fall out of usage. Sanskrit was nearly forgotten and old records are hard to decipher due to lack of scholars.
Another point to add would be poverty. Historians say that if the British hadn't looted India, we would have been an economically stronger nation and the majority of the population would not be in poverty like it is today. More than 60 percent of the Indian population are below the middle class.
Also, it is known that French rule was more lenient than British, and would have given us the same benefits without so many losses. The South of India had a French influence and it can be seen that its literacy rate is higher than of the North.
British rule was mainly based on acquiring cotton and opium for their industries. Tea, gold, silver, spices etc. were important trade items as well. Heavy taxes were applied on Indian merchants and they were forced to sell their goods to the British at a loss. The handicrafts and weaver industries suffered terribly as well, not because they were inefficient, but due to the mindset that white people and their products were superior. Most weavers weren't allowed to sell their products without heavy taxes. For those who say weavers aren't efficient, then tell me why hand-made cloth has started selling again in India. The tailors still exist in india, and charge lesser than the normal brands.
The East India Company shouldn't have taken control over India, or if they had taken control, they should have ruled it like it was their own nation and worked for its development rather than its exploitation. The railways and postals mainly served the British, as railways transferred goods and British officers and postal services allowed them to communicate faster. Some Indians benefitted from it, but these small perks are outweighed by the cruelty inflicted by the British upon us.
Debate Round No. 2


ptraj forfeited this round.


Just when I was having fun in a research debate, you have to forfeit. So, to conclude, vote for me.
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