British Imperialism

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The British and their East India Company came to India, motivated by political, economic, and social interests. They desired land, raw materials, money, and control. This left the Indians in starvation and poverty, fighting for the independence of their people. British rule served the English with a government designed to control Indians, taxing them when they were dying from famine caused by British economic cash crop policies, leaving remaining Indians illiterate, and never giving them a chance to benefit from trade links. British imperialism had a negative impact on the politics of India because the British taxed Indians even when they were starving, as well as established a government with an army, police force, and justice system that favoured Englishmen. Although the British were proud of being able to to establish a government that worked for the 500 million people of India (Lalvani), the British made the conscious decision to demand money from those unable to feed themselves (Doc #3). During the famine of 1770, the British still expected Indians to pay taxes despite their starvation. If the Indians didn’t have enough food to eat even one meal a day, it is selfish to continue pushing them into poverty by enforcing cash crop policies but denying them the right to grow food. This shows how little the British really cared about the well being of Indians. In addition, Lalvani claims that the British established a government that was “superbly efficient.” However, it

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