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And the British?

Halidé Edib

in Inside India

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699999
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699999.003.0028
And the British?

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The British represent the third element in the Indian melting-pot and have a greater say in India's destiny than the Muslims. What did England get in the way of a new spiritual outlook by their contact with India's old civilizations? The British colonised India for purposes of economic expansion and have since shown more ability to use Hindu-Muslim differences to their advantage than the Muslims and Hindus themselves. However, the British do not rely solely on ‘divide and rule’. They have used every element which could be an asset, and those elements in their favour have profited from the British rule. These elements include the native rulers, who come first, followed by the upper middle-class and the big landowners. The last are vaguely called the liberals.

Keywords: Hindu-Muslims differences; England; native rulers; upper middle-class; landowners; liberals

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Subjects: Literature

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