The British Colonization Of India Essay

1845 Words Apr 30th, 2016 8 Pages
British colonisation in India began in the second half of the 18th century, ending two centuries later in 1947 with the people of India gaining their independence (British Library, n.d.). The East India Company was an English trading company that was majorly involved in British politics, and acted as a representative of British imperialism in countries such as India (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2016). Many people in India greatly opposed the British Raj (British Rule), following the ideologies of figures such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who promoted independence. Gandhi, given the name ‘Father of the Indian Nation’, is considered to be the greatest Indian of all time. Gandhi and his peaceful, non-violent philosophy of Satyagraha became the foundation for gaining independence. His philosophy contributed to the use of Satyagraha as a tool for change and showed the people of India that the presence of the British was an evil curse over their country. The concept of Satyagraha was used during Gandhi 's campaigning for freedom from the British and galvanized the thinking of many Congress members, positively affecting the path to Independence. Satyagraha was also essential in showing the people of Indian that the presence of the British was disadvantaging the culture, lifestyles and success of the Hindu and Muslim faiths. The colonisation of India brought into play figures such as Gandhi and his ideas were used in Independence of India.
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