Why did the French lose the Seven Years War in India?

May 2018
750
Michigan
#11
If being colonized was inevitable then any day Indain would have chosen British over French. French couldn't have kept India under control as long as the British did unless all of Indian would have died.
Interesting that you should bring up this point. In Simon Scarrow's Wellington and Napoleon Series, a fiction, but highly plausible, Arthur Wellesley makes virtually that same point: it wasn't a question of being "not colonized' or "colonized". A European power would inevitably attempt to make India a part of a colonial Empire, and fictional Wellesley directly states that it is his intention to prove to the Indians that the British are the best option.
 
Apr 2019
406
India
#12
Interesting that you should bring up this point. In Simon Scarrow's Wellington and Napoleon Series, a fiction, but highly plausible, Arthur Wellesley makes virtually that same point: it wasn't a question of being "not colonized' or "colonized". A European power would inevitably attempt to make India a part of a colonial Empire, and fictional Wellesley directly states that it is his intention to prove to the Indians that the British are the best option.
It's like choosing lesser evil.
French were staunch Catholic and were not at all accommodating to any other belief. They would've tried to change the religious structure of the Indian society. Indian people can bear everything except meddling by the foreigners in their religious practices. British meddled but in a smarter way and they were not too much religious themselves.
There is a reason why Gandhi appropriated the appearance of the 'holy monks'. This was the greatest part of his appeal towards general mass though the ethos he propagated were far from the ethos of the Indian culture. But seems like appearance matters.