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    Posted: 01-Nov-2008 at 10:36
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The British were not the first ones to unite S Asia. The Mauryans, the Khiljis, the Mughals etc. ANd BTW there is still no India, it has what 17 insurgencies going on right now. The only thing new S Asia got out of British rule were railroads and syphallis. And I suspect it would have gotten both anyhow.
 
Railroads were laid purely on military consideration. So much so, here were staffed by the British and Anglo-Indians. Same for posts and telegraphs.
 
British exploited India and siphoned its wealth to enrich England, Australia ans New ZeaLands, theit "white" dominions.
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I am just curious,

Poverty in India is widely accepted to have its origins to British colonialism. Is this information correct. Does Indian poverty have its origins to the British? How so?
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Originally posted by Jallaludin Akbar

I am just curious,

Poverty in India is widely accepted to have its origins to British colonialism. Is this information correct. Does Indian poverty have its origins to the British? How so?
 
that doesnt make any sense, widely accepted by who? If anything its the opposite.  The arrival of the British was beneficial from a poverty index point of view.  Statistics, facts and even WHO figures show otherwise. 
 
Poverty has in a matter of speaking, always been endemic to india and some other parts of South Asia.  In fact, when the British arrived to the region, they were often shocked and taken back at the degree of poverty and caste distinction/discrimination they witnessed.  Its ironic, because the British themselves like the rest of Europe where caught up in the theories of race designation/superiority, but what they saw and witnessed in india was in many ways a human tragedy in their eyes.  Having come from Europe, conquering and colonizing parts of the middle east and east asia, the degree of poverty and degradation seen in india was unparalleled. Many aid workers, social workers, philanthropists and health care professionals flooded to the British colony of india. 
 
The British, subsequently over the time of their rule, undertook several steps to enlighten and improve the conditions of the commoner and poor in the region, something that no indian or previous foreign conqueror had ever done or would have done.  They established schools, hospitals, civil policy, social programs, enacted and instituted public policy and civilian laws on a massive wholesale level, in all municipalities irrespective of the people living there, that altered indian society as a whole and that broke centuries of inherent caste based racism inbeded within indian society and the predominant hindoo faith of its people.  Those positive effects are still rippling through indian society to this day.  If anything, the endemic and continuous cycle of poverty has been minimized and a possible ''out'' achieved for the poor and destitute in india, this has all been made possible by the efforts of the British and their Administrative undertakings in india and they should be credited with it. 
 
 Furthermore, the British where able to oust the foreign empires that had conquered india for thousands of years prior to their arrival, while they at a time where conquerors themselves, as history shows they did eventually leave South Asia,  altering the social undercurrents of the region, enlarging and in essence creating the country ''india'' in the process,  infusing a new nationality that never existed before(at least not on such a scale), built institutions, railways/roads and administrative networks to run and hold such a vast territory and more importantly left the newly created and vast country in the hands of the indigenous indian people for the first time, who had only known foreign conquerors and being conquered bar a few rare historical exceptions.   I think most people would agree that india has much to be thankful for when it comes to the British.


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