The Influence Of The British Colonization Of India

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How the Colonization of India was Detrimental

Though the British created a new political and social system in the Raj, the outcome and methods behind these additions proved to be detrimental to the Indian culture and survival.
The British exploited the Indians lack of power in the government and deficient literacy rates to strip them of and violate their culture. As a result of British rule, all Indians had no voting rights and no say at all in the decisions made within their country. This allowed the British to break apart important hindu values, like the caste system. The caste system in india was a seperation of the people into 4 major categories. Each of these categories were placed into four different levels, the brahmins at the top and
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The new system enlarged the gap between the untouchables and the brahmins. Additionally by taking political rule over india, the British made themselves the kshatriyas ( a caste under the brahmins) while they were considered above brahmins altering the system further. The new system also permitted the change of caste making it possible for people lower caste people to move up while the British forced others into being untouchables. Furthermore, the schooling introduced to india, pushed the english language and western teachings into the minds of Indian children in an attempt create Indian workers with higher education to work into different fields allowing to change class.(Kaul) Often, these schools pushed the christian religion on the Indian children and young adults, causing many Indians to completely change religion in the hopes that it would make them more successful due to their similarities to the highest classes. These changes that the British placed on india convey a highly adverse consequence …show more content…
The British Raj had created an incredible economy in india by accessing thousands of square mile of land and used the lion's share of it to produce cash crops which supplied endless wealth to the British. As a result of the British government producing primarily cash crops, which are not intended for consumption, the British were forced to transport food to the workers in the rural areas where there was little to no food. This meant that the lives of hundreds of millions of people were reliant upon the function of a train network. In instances such as the Upper Doab famine of 1860–61, the transportation system wasn't able to bring any food the the people for many months resulting in the death of 2 million Indians and entire populations being wiped out. Such carelessness from the British rule India resulted in more than an estimated 25 million deaths from 1858-1914 alone. These famines were not at all a result of the lack of food that was imported, it was purely a result of the British government failing to make ethical decisions. A famine in the Madras Presidency was said to be caused by the British practice of pure capitalism. The region still exported scarce amounts of rice and other domestic crops that was produced in order to maximize profits, this decision was made by the British government in the middle of a famish just increasing the death toll of

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