Mini Project: The British in India
By: Sanjay Ramakrishnan
The British Were Harmful Because...
1) They devastated India's economy. The British east India company took all of India's handicrafts for themselves, only allowing them to export raw materials. The British also added high taxes to all purchases from them.
2) They took over India's government and gave Indians no responsibility for their country. This angered the Indians so much that under Gandhi, they overthrew the British. Surprisingly, the revolution was one of the most nonviolent in the history of the world. His first major action against the British was making his own salt from the ocean. Gandhi and his followers were put in jail, but that did not stop him. Eventually, Gandhi won independence.
3) They stopped religious practices and tried to convert the Indians to Christian. The British had no right to interfere with the Indian's or anyone's beliefs. The Indians can believe what they want, and the British can do so too. The two religions should not be allowed to conflict. Also, the British had no right to force the Indians to eat beef and/or pork.
The religious practices they stopped were inhumane like sati, the killing of upper-class women when their husbands died. These women were killed in barbaric ways, like burning on their husband's funeral pyre or being drowned.
Counter the counter argument
Stopping inhumane religious practices does not excuse converting the Hindus and Muslims to Christian. The British could have at least let the Indians keep their current religion. Finally, this still does not excuse forcing the Indians, especially the Sepoys (Indian soldiers that fight for the British) to eat beef and pork. This is why they rebelled.