Hindus support for British Raj.

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I have heard number of times that Hindus, especially Brahmins supported British rule for their own personal gains.

How true is this claim ?
 
Oct 2015
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This theory gained root when talked about by Mr D. D. Kosambi, the Marxist historian who had much influence on later Marxist historians.

Kosambi theory was that the Indian "bourgeois" element supported British colonial rule. Read his book at [1]. However, it was not some among Hindus alone. Some Muslims and Sikhs were also part of British colonial rule. And the 'Anglo-Indians were the community which was most pro colonial rule.

[1] An Introduction to the Study of Indian History (1956). It is available as a free download on internet.
 

kandal

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All Indians regardless of religion or caste generally supported the British rule. Without that British would never have ruled India, comparatively in peace. Indians generally understood the so many benefits of the British rule, compared to what was there before. They were willing partners. As Indians began to get enlightened, mainly as a result of western education and knowledge brought to India by the British/Europeans, they started to long for independence.
 
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Aupmanyav

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All Indians regardless of religion or caste generally supported the British rule. .. Indians generally understood the so many benefits of the British rule, compared to what was there before.
Money walks, money talks. That was the biggest benefit. It remained so even during the rule of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, before Modi changed it all.
 

Devdas

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All Indians regardless of religion or caste generally supported the British rule. Without that British would never have ruled India, comparatively in peace. Indians generally understood the so many benefits of the British rule, compared to what was there before. They were willing partners. As Indians began to get enlightened, mainly as a result of western education and knowledge brought to India by the British/Europeans, they started to long for independence.
I didn't know this.
 
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Lord Fairfax

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I have heard number of times that Hindus, especially Brahmins supported British rule for their own personal gains.

How true is this claim ?
The RSS supported the government during WWII, and was a rival of Congress.
As was the Muslim league.
 
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M.S. Islam

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Hindus were more accepting of British rule compared to the Muslims, at least until late 19th century.

Dadabhai Naoroji turned the tide.
 
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Oct 2015
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All Indians regardless of religion or caste generally supported the British rule. Without that British would never have ruled India, comparatively in peace. Indians generally understood the so many benefits of the British rule, compared to what was there before. They were willing partners. As Indians began to get enlightened, mainly as a result of western education and knowledge brought to India by the British/Europeans, they started to long for independence.
So you mean to say that aspirations of Indian people & kings for being sovereign were completely dead in 1818 after defeat of Marathas? Or after Anglo-Sikh Wars in c.1850? Or after mutiny & war for independence in 1857. Indians no longer yearned for native sovereignty or independence after 1857? All were delighted to be ruled by foreigners?

Western education may have brought the desire for western style democracy. But is correct to asserted Indians did not aspire even for freedom like they had in the days of independent kingdoms of Maharaja Ranjit Singh till western education came?