Top officials in Britain, most notably Prime Minister Winston Churchill, did not support the Cripps Mission and negotiations with the Congress soon broke down. Christensen (1996), who looked at colonial purpose, local needs, capital, service, and private-versus-public interests, concluded that making the railways a creature of the state hindered success because railway expenses had to go through the same time-consuming and political budgeting process as did all other state expenses. His 1995 work, Ideologies of the Raj, is included within the volumes of The New Cambridge History of India. In 1911, East Bengal was reunited with Bengal, and the new provinces in the east became: Assam, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. This image is highly allegorical, as India herself suffered the weight of the British Crown, all the while helping the Raj progress. Although the Government of India and the Congress were both shaken by the course of events, in September, a Congress-led interim government was installed, with Jawaharlal Nehru as united India's prime minister. , The viceroy, Lord Curzon (1899–1905), was unusually energetic in pursuit of efficiency and reform. The states were grouped into agencies and residencies. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan founder of the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, later the Aligarh Muslim University, wrote one of the early critiques, The Causes of the Indian Mutiny.  By the end of the war, the railways had deteriorated for lack of maintenance and were not profitable. Liberalism and empire--3. For this alone, it is worth reading.” —Rahul Patel, Socialist Review , While the regular Indian army in 1939 included about 220,000 native troops, it expanded tenfold during the war, and small naval and air force units were created. Summary. Such notions as ‘indirect rule’ through compliant princes, and the demarcation of communities on the basis of ethnicity and religion, shaped the working of the British Empire from South Africa to Malaya. 2,50,800 p.a.  Upon his arrival in the district, Gandhi was joined by other agitators, including a young Congress leader, Rajendra Prasad, from Bihar, who would become a loyal supporter of Gandhi and go on to play a prominent role in the Indian independence movement.  During the First World War, the railways were used to transport troops and grain to the ports of Bombay and Karachi en route to Britain, Mesopotamia, and East Africa. 5 August 2007.  Some 1.4 million Indian and British soldiers of the British Indian Army took part in the war, primarily in Iraq and the Middle East. With the coming of Lord William Bentinck as Governor-General in 1828, the British avowedly embarked upon a thorough-going programme of reform. However, despite thousandsofbooks,monographs,  Recent research, including work by Mike Davis and Amartya Sen, argue that famines in India were made more severe by British policies in India. Both claimed in 1908; territories formed in 1962 (British Antarctic Territory) and 1985 (South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands). , Mortality rates fell in the 1920–1945 era, primarily due to biological immunisation. The Minto-Morley Reforms of 1909 called for separate Muslim electorates. , Effective from 1 April 1936, the Government of India Act created the new provinces of Sind (separated from the Bombay Presidency) and Orissa (separated from the Province of Bihar and Orissa).  Routine departmental decisions were made exclusively by the member, but important decisions required the consent of the governor-general and, in the absence of such consent, required discussion by the entire Executive Council. If the Government of India needed to enact new laws, the Councils Act allowed for a Legislative Council—an expansion of the Executive Council by up to twelve additional members, each appointed to a two-year term—with half the members consisting of British officials of the government (termed official) and allowed to vote, and the other half, comprising Indians and domiciled Britons in India (termed non-official) and serving only in an advisory capacity. Ideologies Of The Raj. He began large scale famine relief, reduced taxes, and overcame bureaucratic obstacles in an effort to reduce both starvation and widespread social unrest. The Indian Legislature was empowered to make laws for all persons resident in British India including all British subjects resident in India, and for all British Indian subjects residing outside India.  During the years 1907–1914, Gandhi tested the technique of Satyagraha in a number of protests on behalf of the Indian community in South Africa against the unjust racial laws. , The Jallianwala Bagh massacre or "Amritsar massacre", took place in the Jallianwala Bagh public garden in the predominantly Sikh northern city of Amritsar. Summary. Hakim Ajmal Khan, a founder of the Muslim League, became the president of the Indian National Congress in 1921. That, however, had to wait until the demise of Tilak's principal moderate opponents, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Pherozeshah Mehta, in 1915, whereupon an agreement was reached for Tilak's ousted group to re-enter the Congress. I would refer you to the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article British Raj which states "After 1876, the resulting political union was officially called the Indian Empire and issued passports under that name." The size of the Advisory Council was reduced over the next half-century, but its powers remained unchanged. 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With the British army unprepared for the potential for increased violence, the new viceroy, Louis Mountbatten, advanced the date for the transfer of power, allowing less than six months for a mutually agreed plan for independence. By the end of 1919, 1.5 million Indians had served in the armed services in either combatant or non-combatant roles, and India had provided £146 million in revenue for the war. Iqbal's father, Sheikh Noor Muhammad (died 1930), was a tailor, not formally educated, but a religious man. Yale professor Karuna Mantena has argued that the civilising mission did not last long, for she says that benevolent reformers were the losers in key debates, such as those following the 1857 rebellion in India, and the scandal of Edward Eyre's brutal repression of the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica in 1865. 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All these three inputs were subsidised by the state. , In 1889, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury stated, "It is not only our duty but is in our interest to promote the diffusion of Christianity as far as possible throughout the length and breadth of India. Coping with contradiction--6. The first passenger railway line in North India, between Allahabad and Kanpur, opened in 1859. The author argues that two divergent strategies were devised to legitimate their authority: the one defined characteristics which the Indians shared with the British themselves, while … There were railway maintenance workshops in India, but they were rarely allowed to manufacture or repair locomotives. (PhD dissertation, Maharshi Dayanand University, 2013). As Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, Thomas R. Metcalf specializes in South Asian History. The Raj's suppression of civil disobedience after 1934 temporarily increased the power of the revenue agents but after 1937 they were forced by the new Congress-controlled provincial governments to hand back confiscated land.  The Rowlatt Committee presented its report in July 1918 and identified three regions of conspiratorial insurgency: Bengal, the Bombay presidency, and the Punjab. We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.  The unrest spread from Calcutta to the surrounding regions of Bengal when students returned home to their villages and towns.  Britain's Sir Ronald Ross, working in the Presidency General Hospital in Calcutta, finally proved in 1898 that mosquitoes transmit malaria, while on assignment in the Deccan at Secunderabad, where the Centre for Tropical and Communicable Diseases is now named in his honour. Of the 1000 top-level civil services positions, almost all were held by Britons, typically with an Oxbridge degree.  Champaran, Kaira, and Ahmedabad were important milestones in the history of Gandhi's new methods of social protest in India.  In June 1947, the nationalist leaders, including Sardar Patel, Nehru and Abul Kalam Azad on behalf of the Congress, Jinnah representing the Muslim League, B. R. Ambedkar representing the Untouchable community, and Master Tara Singh representing the Sikhs, agreed to a partition of the country along religious lines in stark opposition to Gandhi's views. , It was, however, Viceroy Lord Ripon's partial reversal of the Ilbert Bill (1883), a legislative measure that had proposed putting Indian judges in the Bengal Presidency on equal footing with British ones, that transformed the discontent into political action. This page was last edited on 6 December 2020, at 15:21. The author argues that two divergent strategies were devised to legitimate their authority: the one defined characteristics which the Indians shared with the British themselves, while the other emphasised qualities of enduring 'difference'. It used American technology, not British, and became the leading iron and steel producer in India, with 120,000 employees in 1945. In tackling the challenge of holding this community together and simultaneously confronting the colonial authority, he had created a technique of non-violent resistance, which he labelled Satyagraha (or Striving for Truth). Eventually, five British companies came to own all railway business in India, and operated under a profit maximization scheme. A system of "double government" had already been in place during the Company's rule in India from the time of Pitt's India Act of 1784. 13. The 1935 Act provided for more autonomy for Indian provinces, with the goal of cooling off nationalist sentiment. Students of modern India and the British Empire will find this book relevant and accessible. These states remained under the full control of their hereditary rulers, with no popular government. Gordon Johnson.  In 1860, Grant Medical College became one of the four recognised colleges for teaching courses leading to degrees (alongside Elphinstone College, Deccan College and Government Law College, Mumbai).. The act provided for a national parliament and an executive branch under the purview of the British government, but the rulers of the princely states managed to block its implementation. (2013, reprint).  After more discussion by the government and parliament in Britain, and another tour by the Franchise and Functions Committee for the purpose of identifying who among the Indian population could vote in future elections, the Government of India Act 1919 (also known as the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms) was passed in December 1919.  In its Interpretation Act 1889, the British Parliament adopted the following definitions in Section 18: (4.) Metcalf’s volume is a useful summary (especially after reading the works of … , Second, it was also felt that both the princes and the large land-holders, by not joining the rebellion, had proved to be, in Lord Canning's words, "breakwaters in a storm". On 8 August the Raj arrested all national, provincial and local Congress leaders, holding tens of thousands of them until 1945. Some two hundred of the states had an area of less than 25 square kilometres (9.7 square miles).. 1. , Studies of India's population since 1881 have focused on such topics as total population, birth and death rates, growth rates, geographic distribution, literacy, the rural and urban divide, cities of a million, and the three cities with populations over eight million: Delhi, Greater Bombay, and Calcutta.  The new Act also made it easier for Indians to be admitted into the civil services and the army officer corps. In Punjab, where the new border lines divided the Sikh regions in half, there was much bloodshed; in Bengal and Bihar, where Gandhi's presence assuaged communal tempers, the violence was more limited. Already known in India as a result of his civil liberties protests on behalf of the Indians in South Africa, Gandhi followed the advice of his mentor Gopal Krishna Gokhale and chose not to make any public pronouncements during the first year of his return, but instead spent the year travelling, observing the country at first hand, and writing.  Even so, the "... tiny advances in the practice of representative government were intended to provide safety valves for the expression of public opinion, which had been so badly misjudged before the rebellion". A greater number of Indians were now enfranchised, although, for voting at the national level, they constituted only 10% of the total adult male population, many of whom were still illiterate. An original study of the history of modern Indian art, this book tells the story of Indian art during the Raj, set against the interplay of colonialism and nationalism. 106–07, "India – Government and Constitution,", p. The goal was to create a stable, usable public record and verifiable identities.  In fact many of the major changes in transport and communications (that are typically associated with Crown rule of India) had already begun before the Mutiny. It came too from Queen Victoria's proclamation of 1858 in which she had declared, "We hold ourselves bound to the natives of our Indian territories by the same obligation of duty which bind us to all our other subjects. The Second World War severely crippled the railways as rolling stock was diverted to the Middle East, and the railway workshops were converted into munitions workshops. The British Raj: The History and Legacy of Great Britain’s Imperialism in India and the Indian Subcontinent. Third, the British felt disenchanted with Indian reaction to social change. Standing, fourth from the right, is future revolutionary Bhagat Singh. This being the case, a major aim of this thesis is to develop a coherent synthesis of an ideology , In general, the term "British India" had been used (and is still used) to refer also to the regions under the rule of the British East India Company in India from 1600 to 1858. Majumdar, R. C. ed. As a result of the less expensive imports from more industrialized Britain, India's most significant industrial sector, textile production, shrank, such that by 1870-1880 Indian producers were manufacturing only 25%-45% of local consumption.  The negotiations between the Congress and the Muslim League, however, stumbled over the issue of the partition.  All three sectors of the economy—agriculture, manufacturing, and services—accelerated in the postcolonial India.  Christian missionaries in India also worked to increase literacy and also engaged in social activism, such as fighting against prostitution, championing the right of widowed women to remarry, and trying to stop early marriages for women.  Within educational institutions established during the British Raj, Christian texts, especially the Bible, were a part of the curricula.  Historians consider the episode was a decisive step towards the end of British rule in India.. , The British government sent the Cripps mission in 1942 to secure Indian nationalists' co-operation in the war effort in exchange for a promise of independence as soon as the war ended. Earlier, at the end of the war in 1945, the colonial government had announced the public trial of three senior officers of Bose's defeated Indian National Army who stood accused of treason. How could the British, as a members of a society who adopted as their own the ideals of nationalism, in good conscience extend their … He focuses on British imports such as the construction of administrative categories in the census, as well as British Indian residential areas, and institutions of … Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859) presented his Whiggish interpretation of English history as an upward progression always leading to more liberty and more progress. The British Raj extended over almost all present-day India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, except for small holdings by other European nations such as Goa and Pondicherry.  His agenda included the creation of the North-West Frontier Province; small changes in the civil services; speeding up the operations of the secretariat; setting up a gold standard to ensure a stable currency; creation of a Railway Board; irrigation reform; reduction of peasant debts; lowering the cost of telegrams; archaeological research and the preservation of antiquities; improvements in the universities; police reforms; upgrading the roles of the Native States; a new Commerce and Industry Department; promotion of industry; revised land revenue policies; lowering taxes; setting up agricultural banks; creating an Agricultural Department; sponsoring agricultural research; establishing an Imperial Library; creating an Imperial Cadet Corps; new famine codes; and, indeed, reducing the smoke nuisance in Calcutta.  To combat subversive acts in these regions, the committee recommended that the government use emergency powers akin to its wartime authority, which included the ability to try cases of sedition by a panel of three judges and without juries, exaction of securities from suspects, governmental overseeing of residences of suspects, and the power for provincial governments to arrest and detain suspects in short-term detention facilities and without trial.  Both leagues rapidly acquired new members—approximately thirty thousand each in a little over a year—and began to publish inexpensive newspapers.  The increased taxes coupled with disruptions in both domestic and international trade had the effect of approximately doubling the index of overall prices in India between 1914 and 1920. Casualty estimates vary widely, with the Government of India reporting 379 dead, with 1,100 wounded. The Act envisaged a system of "double government" in which the Council ideally served both as a check on excesses in imperial policy-making and as a body of up-to-date expertise on India. At first, only the unskilled workers were Indians. New York: Simon and Schuster. It promised to purchase any surplus steel Tata could not otherwise sell. 1968. New legislation merged the Crown and the old East India Company courts and introduced a new penal code as well as new codes of civil and criminal procedure, based largely on English law. New Delhi inaugurated as capital of India, 1931. Burma was separated from India and directly administered by the British Crown from 1937 until its independence in 1948. In addition, an order of knighthood, the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, was set up in 1878. Although the British planters eventually gave in, they were not won over to the farmers' cause, and thereby did not produce the optimal outcome of a Satyagraha that Gandhi had hoped for; similarly, the farmers themselves, although pleased at the resolution, responded less than enthusiastically to the concurrent projects of rural empowerment and education that Gandhi had inaugurated in keeping with his ideal of swaraj. Municipal Corporations and District Boards were created for local administration; they included elected Indian members. By 1887 of 21,000 mid-level civil services appointments, 45% were held by Hindus, 7% by Muslims, 19% by Eurasians (European father and Indian mother), and 29% by Europeans. Fevers ranked as one of the leading causes of death in India in the 19th century. Earlier, in Madurai, on 21 September 1921, Gandhi had adopted the loin-cloth for the first time as a symbol of his identification with India's poor. Ceylon was part of Madras Presidency between 1793 and 1798. The author argues that two divergent strategies were devised to legitimate their authority: the one defined characteristics which the Indians shared with the British themselves, while the other emphasised qualities of enduring 'difference'. Select groups which the Raj reformers wanted to monitor statistically included those reputed to practice female infanticide, prostitutes, lepers, and eunuchs. The goals were quite conservative but they did advance the elective principle. Zinkin argues that in the long-run, what matters most about the legacy of the Raj is the British political ideologies which the Indians took over after 1947, especially the belief in unity, democracy, the rule of law and a certain equality beyond caste and creed. Of these only about 41,862 were civilians as compared with about 84,083 European officers and men of the Army. Economics of British India ... Third edition.  Although departments like defence, foreign affairs, criminal law, communications, and income-tax were retained by the Viceroy and the central government in New Delhi, other departments like public health, education, land-revenue, local self-government were transferred to the provinces. 133–34, "India – Currency, Weights and Measures,", pp. Ideologies of the Raj examines how the British sought to justify their rule over India. The only other emperor during this period.  Zinkin argues that in the long-run, what matters most about the legacy of the Raj is the British political ideologies which the Indians took over after 1947, especially the belief in unity, democracy, the rule of law and a certain equality beyond caste and creed. The Company's system of "double government" had its critics, since, from the time of the system's inception, there had been intermittent feuding between the governor-general and his Council; still, the Act of 1858 made no major changes in governance. The Muslim elite, including Dacca Nawab and Khwaja Salimullah, expected that a new province with a Muslim majority would directly benefit Muslims aspiring to political power.. The Raj did not provide capital, but, aware of Britain's declining position against the US and Germany in the steel industry, it wanted steel mills in India. In local terms, British control rested on the Indian Civil Service (ICS), but it faced growing difficulties.  The Indian army was completely reorganised: units composed of the Muslims and Brahmins of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, who had formed the core of the rebellion, were disbanded. Herbertson, A.J. , British prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, to the right of Gandhi at the 2nd Round Table Conference. It did not slow down the British war effort or recruiting for the army.  Jinnah rejected the notion of a united India, and emphasised that religious communities were more basic than an artificial nationalism. This innovation in Indian governance was promulgated in the Indian Councils Act 1861. The Muslim League, in contrast, supported Britain in the war effort and maintained its control of the government in three major provinces, Bengal, Sind and the Punjab..  Now, as constitutional reform began to be discussed in earnest, the British began to consider how new moderate Indians could be brought into the fold of constitutional politics and, simultaneously, how the hand of established constitutionalists could be strengthened. This is reified in India's large exports of wheat to Britain: despite a major famine that claimed between 6 and 10 million lives in the late 1870s, these exports remained unchecked. 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