Hindus support for British Raj.

kandal

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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?
Yes, once conquered or submitted, all of them including Marathas, Sikhs, native kings and so on, became willing partners of the British in ruling a united India. Sepoy mutiny was just a hiccup, an exception, as exceptions are.
 
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M.S. Islam

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Yes, once conquered or submitted, all of them including Marathas, Sikhs, native kings and so on, became willing partners of the British in ruling a united India. Sepoy mutiny was just a hiccup, an exception, as exceptions are.
Totally ahistorical.
 

Aupmanyav

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The RSS supported the government during WWII, and was a rival of Congress. As was the Muslim league.
Everyone had its own reasons but all supported. Those who did not had to find support elsewhere (Bose).
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?
Yeah, till the 'new age' fluttered as MSIslam mentioned. Dadabhai Naoroji, Bengalis, Gokhale, Tilak, etc.
 
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Lord Fairfax

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Everyone had its own reasons but all supported. Those who did not had to find support elsewhere (Bose).Yeah, till the 'new age' fluttered as MSIslam mentioned. Dadabhai Naoroji, Bengalis, Gokhale, Tilak, etc.
Greetings Aupmanyav!
Let me ask a question if I may: How does Hindu culture treat "deference to authority"?

In comparing (East)Asian practices and beliefs to Western (British & especially American) it would seem that the Western tradition is far less respectful of authority and more inclined to disobey/protest.

How would resistance or protest be viewed in traditional Hindu culture?
 
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Yes, once conquered or submitted, all of them including Marathas, Sikhs, native kings and so on, became willing partners of the British in ruling a united India. Sepoy mutiny was just a hiccup, an exception, as exceptions are.
As a corollary, this should be extended to the whole British Empire in Asia, Africa, Americas. Everywhere, according to your belief; once colonized, the people were happy to live in that state under British colonial rule. Further, but for the western education, they would have loved to do so in perpetuity.
 

Aupmanyav

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Let me ask a question if I may: How does Hindu culture treat "deference to authority"?
How would resistance or protest be viewed in traditional Hindu culture?
A great saint of Hinduism, Tulsidas wrote of the people in his "Ramcharit Manas" - 'Kohu bhaye raja hamein ka hani' (whoever is the king, what loss it is that to us'? All kings ask for tax. If it was not and Indian King or Nawab, it were the British. The general mass of people except in Bengal during the company days were not greatly affected by it. They lived in nearly self-sufficent societies.
Tempering with tradition was looked at more seriously, not the rulers. Interfering with tradition cost the 1857 Mutiny and loss to Indira Gandhi in 1977 (Sanjay trying to control population forcibly, vesectomy/nas-bandi) :)
 
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Yes, once conquered or submitted, all of them including Marathas, Sikhs, native kings and so on, became willing partners of the British in ruling a united India. Sepoy mutiny was just a hiccup, an exception, as exceptions are.
Eh, I'm not too sure about that. Rebellion were somewhat common. Some examples include the various tribal uprisings such as the Santhal rebellion, the Paika rebellion in Odisha, Rampa rebellion, Bihar zamindar revolt of 1781, Nagar revolt, Travancore rebellion etc.

You are right though that the Marathas and Sikhs were keen allies off the British.
 
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I think that it was Indian Christian group alongside parsis who benefitted greatly from British rule.
Punjabis benefited the most. The only reason the region is as prosperous as it is today is because the British invested so much into making the region fertile through the canal colonies. They were also willing servants to the British army.
 
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