The Positive Effects Of British Imperialism In India

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British imperialism in India was a time period lasting around 2 centuries from 1757 to 1947 when they finally left the country. British imperialism was split into two periods, the rule from the British East India Company from 1757 to 1858 and the rule under British Crown, 1858 to 1947. The rule and extension of influence through India started from the British East India Company establishing trade routes/posts throughout India. They were able to control parts of India partly due to the use of sepoys(Indian soldiers) but the mistreatment of them lead to the Sepoy Rebellion in 1857. This was a major turning point in British imperialism because since the natives rebelled, the British Crown decided they should take over leading to the second half …show more content…
With the influence of the British Empire, they brought over their cultural values and their views on traditions. Britain was a more modernized and culturally advanced country so old traditions that deem inhumane were abolished. Such as with the case of a tradition that killed widows. In a speech in 1871 by Dadabhai Naoroji(was a powerful member of the Indian government), he stated that the British influence has many positive effects like how they allow widows to remarry. This was a positive effect of the British rule seeing as in how males died earlier in general and the death rate is pretty high back then due to lack of food or diseases, widows don 't have to be stoned to death after their husband’s death. They even get to remarry which is a huge plus side and advancing the society socially. There were negatives of the British rule seeing as in how they would massacre unarmed demonstrators which violates the human right to peacefully gather. “In Amritsar, India’s holy city… British and Gurkha troops massacre at least 379 unarmed demonstrators …”(The Amritsar Massacre). This would later be known as the Amritsar Massacre of 1919 and this showcases British brutality and how British influence over India had a down side since they also held power to control the military and legally killing peaceful civilians. This happened because Indian nationalists wanted to protest the war tax but they didn’t know gatherings were banned a few days before. This caused British soldiers to shoot the peaceful protestors. Overall, the effect of Britain on India had both positive and negative social impacts seeing as how they advanced the culture by removing old inhumane traditions while at the same time prohibiting advancements of the Indian population that they do not like.

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