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Assess the role of Indian Civil Services in facilitating and furthering the British Rule in India.

Topic : Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

1. Assess the role of Indian Civil Services in facilitating and furthering the British Rule in India.(250 words)

Reference:  Modern Indian history by Bipin Chandra

Why the question:

The question is based on the role of Indian Civil Services in facilitating and furthering the British Rule in India.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the role played by Indian Civil Services in facilitating and furthering the British Rule in India.

Directive:

Assess – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you are in agreement with the original proposition.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly narrate the background of Indian civil services and its coming in the Indian history.

Body:

Civilian administration had always remained in Indian hands, even under the Mughals, as part of a deliberate policy of assimilation. But the British saw themselves as a superior race and, seeking to impose colonial rule for commercial gain, considered it necessary to man their administration at all senior and strategic levels with their own personnel.

The question of the “Indianisation” of the civil service in India thus directly arose for the first time after the assumption and gradual consolidation of administrative power by the East India Company, and subsequently by the British government.

Explain such above factors and explain how it furthered British rule in India.

Conclusion:

Conclude with its effect which hold true even today.