Contributions of the British Raj

Posted by Freddy on Aug-6-2010

As the coin has two facets, the British colonialism in India also had both positive and negative facet. The British government ruled India for more than two centuries. It started with the White Man’s Burden, the responsibility of the cultured white race to civilize the uncivilized black race. White Man’s Burden is the term used by the imperialist to justify their noble policies.
The British came to India in the beginning of seventeenth century. They came as mere traders. Slowly they broke the monopoly of the Dutch on spice trade by establishing the East India Company. The East India flourished and the British grew powerful administrators of the country. During their reign they brought many changes in education, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transport, communication and the political system.
The industrial revolution was a major turning point in human history. The Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th century marked major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and transport had a profound effect on the socioeconomic and cultural conditions
During the reign of the British government they brought changes in the political system in the country. India was brought under a single administration and later these developments brought by laid the foundation for the present political administration in India. During the British Raj, education which was considered as the privilege of high caste society was offered to all without any bias.
The British has contributed a lot for the development of India. They built roads and railway roads which made it easier to travel across India. About thirty million acres of land was brought under cultivation. The English also built many institutions in India and laid the foundation for a productive government.

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