- May 2018
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.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.