To start off, I’m going to explain the positive things that England did for India, then explain and begin to deconstruct the counterclaim and why I disagree with them, I will explain these from political, economic, and social points of view.
British Imperialism had a positive impact on India from a political point of view because they established a central government system for india, as well as an army.
England established a central government system in India, when they didn’t initially …show more content…
They were able to invest more to be able to afford an army to defend their country. (“The Political Impact of British Rule in India” ¶#8) You could argue this point by saying that they would have made an army themselves if they were given enough time, but, again, the English simply sped up the process and left India afterwards.
British Imperialism was had a positive impact on India from an economic point of view as well, as they created their modern-day railway systems, and coal mines.
First of all, England gave India their modern-day railway system that they may not have had if they had not taken over India. These are very useful for transporting goods that can be used for trading to have a positive effect on the economy. (“The Economic Impact of British Rule in India” ¶#14) You could counter this argument by saying that they invented these railway systems to simply exploit the land and take their valuable resources, but I would argue that, even though those were the intentions back in the day, they still had a positive net effect for India in the end despite what they were used for long …show more content…
Literacy rates went up exponentially from before british rule, through British rule, and after British rule. You could argue this by using the statistics pointed out in the document(“Social Documents” Document: #9) to say that India’s literacy increased at a significantly higher rate when India achieved it’s independence, but I would argue that 1: this document doesn’t show literacy rates from before India’s British rule, and it may have had a significant increase when the British rule started versus before, and 2: There is STILL a significant increase in literacy happening during the time of British rule, and the literacy rates going up afterwards may have even been caused by the British rule.
In conclusion, although the British imperialism of India had many negative effects, I would say that the positives overall outweigh the negatives in this situation.
The British gave Indians so many things that they did not have before, including, but certainly not limited to the following: A central government system, an army, railways, coal mines, curing of diseases, and increased literacy rates. Though, I will not ignore the negatives of what the English did to Indians. They also used these railway systems to exploit the land of India long ago, using them to steal their valuable resources. This is the same with the coal