The route mileage of this network increased from 1,349 kilometres (838 mi) in 1860 to 25,495 kilometres (15,842 mi) in 1880, mostly radiating inland from the three major port cities of Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta. the presidencies and provinces), as they were not directly under British rule. [235] Within educational institutions established during the British Raj, Christian texts, especially the Bible, were a part of the curricula. eds. Powers not granted to the federal government are instead specifically reserved to the states in the U.S. Constitution. [160] Soon several large princely states built their own rail systems and the network spread to the regions that became the modern-day states of Assam, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. [92], Bose's effort, however, was short lived. 106–07, "India – Government and Constitution,", pp. In Calcutta, the governor-general remained head of the Government of India and now was more commonly called the viceroy on account of his secondary role as the Crown's representative to the nominally sovereign princely states; he was, however, now responsible to the secretary of state in London and through him to Parliament. Presumption of innocence 7. The percentage of national income for the village economy increased from 44% during Mughal times to 54% by the end of colonial period. The Mughal dynasty was established in 1526 and continued till 1857, it was in decay since the death of Aurangzeb Alamghir in 1707. [50] Soon, other such rumblings began to appear in public pronouncements: in 1917, in the Imperial Legislative Council, Madan Mohan Malaviya spoke of the expectations the war had generated in India, "I venture to say that the war has put the clock ... fifty years forward ... (The) reforms after the war will have to be such, ... as will satisfy the aspirations of her (India's) people to take their legitimate part in the administration of their own country. [54] Both leagues rapidly acquired new members—approximately thirty thousand each in a little over a year—and began to publish inexpensive newspapers. For Muslims the court was to apply the Quran while for Hindus it was applying Shaster. Kashmir, like Hyderabad, Mysore, and the states of the Rajputana, supported the British during the Rebellion of 1857. "[30] Indians were especially encouraged when Canada was granted dominion status in 1867 and established an autonomous democratic constitution. (5.) The Hindu and Muslim belong to two different religions, philosophies, social customs and literature [sic]. But before we discuss the salient features of this system, it would be better if we first examine the purposes which it was designed to serve, for the main function of the administrative system of a country is to accomplish the aims and objects of its rulers. The moneylender was greatly helped by the new legal system and the new revenue policy. [180] Industrial production as it developed in European factories was unknown until the 1850s when the first cotton mills were opened in Bombay, posing a challenge to the cottage-based home production system based on family labour. The colonial government was chiefly concerned with the welfare of European workers, and any Indian deaths were "either ignored or merely mentioned as a cold statistical figure. This was done by a system of alliances called the Doctrine of Lapse and Subsidiary Alliance. The case for India. The British allied themselves with the Brahmin caste, restoring some of its privileges that had been repealed by the Muslim rulers. [121] The term has also been used to refer to the "British in India".[122]. Dyer was removed from duty but he became a celebrated hero in Britain among people with connections to the Raj. [77] It insisted there was a natural unity to India, and repeatedly blamed the British for "divide and rule" tactics based on prompting Muslims to think of themselves as alien from Hindus. A significant fact which stands out is that those parts of India which have been longest under British rule are the poorest today. [59] However, what it passed, in deference to the Indian opposition, was a lesser version of the first bill, which now allowed extrajudicial powers, but for a period of exactly three years and for the prosecution solely of "anarchical and revolutionary movements", dropping entirely the second bill involving modification the Indian Penal Code. The Muslim League, in contrast, supported Britain in the war effort and maintained its control of the government in three major provinces, Bengal, Sind and the Punjab.[76]. The foundations of the British Empire in India was laid down by East India Company which was organised to further British interest in overseas countries. Epstein argues that after 1919 it became harder and harder to collect the land revenue. Select groups which the Raj reformers wanted to monitor statistically included those reputed to practice female infanticide, prostitutes, lepers, and eunuchs. [185] Ray accuses the British of depleting the food and money stocks and of imposing high taxes that helped cause the terrible Bengal famine of 1770, which killed a third of the people of Bengal.[186]. [230], Missionaries from other Christian denominations came to British India as well; Lutheran missionaries, for example, arrived in Calcutta in 1836 and by "the year 1880 there were over 31,200 Lutheran Christians spread out in 1,052 villages". [63] Returning war veterans, especially in the Punjab, created a growing unemployment crisis,[64] and post-war inflation led to food riots in Bombay, Madras, and Bengal provinces,[64] a situation that was made only worse by the failure of the 1918–19 monsoon and by profiteering and speculation. The INC dominated the first provincial elections in 1937 provincial elections. The viceroy was the head of the Council of State, while the Legislative Assembly, which was first opened in 1921, was headed by an elected president (appointed by the Viceroy from 1921–1925). Massive railway projects were begun in earnest and government railway jobs and pensions attracted a large number of upper caste Hindus into the civil services for the first time. [8] The region under British control was commonly called India in contemporaneous usage, and included areas directly administered by the United Kingdom, which were collectively called British India, and areas ruled by indigenous rulers, but under British tutelage or paramountcy, called the princely states. The large Bengali Hindu middle-class (the Bhadralok), upset at the prospect of Bengalis being outnumbered in the new Bengal province by Biharis and Oriyas, felt that Curzon's act was punishment for their political assertiveness. [75], British prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, to the right of Gandhi at the 2nd Round Table Conference. [228] Following the arrival of the Church of England's Church Mission Society in 1814, the Diocese of Calcutta of the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (CIBC) was erected, with its St. Paul's Cathedral being built in 1847. Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, one of the principal leaders of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, who earlier had lost her kingdom as a result of Lord Dalhousie's Doctrine of Lapse. [141], Murshid argues that women were in some ways more restricted by the modernisation of the laws. Bose's Indian National Army largely disintegrated during the subsequent fighting in Burma, with its remaining elements surrendering with the recapture of Singapore in September 1945. Due to certain reasons the British government had been reluctant to change the Indian legal system in the beginning as far as to respect the local laws and customs. Much of the debate took place in Britain itself, and the imperialists worked hard to convince the general population that the civilising mission was well under-way. [52] Now, as constitutional reform began to be discussed in earnest, the British began to consider how new moderate Indians could be brought into the fold of constitutional politics and, simultaneously, how the hand of established constitutionalists could be strengthened. The 1857 war of independence changed the fate of India. [142], The Indian economy grew at about 1% per year from 1880 to 1920, and the population also grew at 1%. The large wartime British Army presence crushed the movement in a little more than six weeks;[87] nonetheless, a portion of the movement formed for a time an underground provisional government on the border with Nepal. Introduction to the English Legal System 2019-2020 by Martin Partington. [215], In 1881 there were around 120,000 leprosy patients. Development of Judicial system during British India The beginning of Indian common law is traced back to 1726 when a Mayor’s Court in Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta was established by … Montagu and Chelmsford presented their report in July 1918 after a long fact-finding trip through India the previous winter. Of these only about 41,862 were civilians as compared with about 84,083 European officers and men of the Army. As a result of the less expensive imports from more industrialized Britain, India's most significant industrial sector, textile production, shrank, such that by 1870-1880 Indian producers were manufacturing only 25%-45% of local consumption. Casualties were moderate (in terms of the world war), with 24,000 killed; 64,000 wounded; 12,000 missing (probably dead), and 60,000 captured at Singapore in 1942. The British took some reformative initiatives that ostensibly deserve appreciation such as the development of a predictable legal system, investment in infrastructure development, and education in the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. [38] His agenda included the creation of the North-West Frontier Province; small changes in the civil services; speeding up the operations of the secretariat; setting up a gold standard to ensure a stable currency; creation of a Railway Board; irrigation reform; reduction of peasant debts; lowering the cost of telegrams; archaeological research and the preservation of antiquities; improvements in the universities; police reforms; upgrading the roles of the Native States; a new Commerce and Industry Department; promotion of industry; revised land revenue policies; lowering taxes; setting up agricultural banks; creating an Agricultural Department; sponsoring agricultural research; establishing an Imperial Library; creating an Imperial Cadet Corps; new famine codes; and, indeed, reducing the smoke nuisance in Calcutta. [89] However, he was ousted from the Congress in 1939 following differences with the high command,[90] and subsequently placed under house arrest by the British before escaping from India in early 1941. In 1925 the Plague Laboratory in Bombay was renamed the Haffkine Institute. 5 August 2007. "[59] In the ensuing discussion and vote in the Imperial Legislative Council, all Indian members voiced opposition to the bills. BY Judith Herman. In 1920, after the British government refused to back down, Gandhi began his campaign of non-cooperation, prompting many Indians to return British awards and honours, to resign from the civil services, and to again boycott British goods. Sign up here to get our free newsletter delivered directly to your inbox. This implied that the British East India Company was now the de facto ruler of the region and had the right to collect revenue. Absence of single Judicial System 2. While other Indian mills produced cheap coarse yarn (and later cloth) using local short-staple cotton and cheap machinery imported from Britain, Tata did much better by importing expensive longer-stapled cotton from Egypt and buying more complex ring-spindle machinery from the United States to spin finer yarn that could compete with imports from Britain. This period saw an increase in the activities of revolutionary groups, which included Bengal's Anushilan Samiti and the Punjab's Ghadar Party. 1968. [219] Between 1868 and 1907, there were approximately 4.7 million deaths from smallpox. Hakim Ajmal Khan, a founder of the Muslim League, became the president of the Indian National Congress in 1921. Chaudhuri, Nupur. The civil law, by contrast, is that which governs the relationship between indi- The governor of each presidency or province represented the Crown in his capacity, and was assisted by a ministers appointed from the members of each provincial legislature. [42], The rallying cry for both types of protest was the slogan Bande Mataram ("Hail to the Mother"), which invoked a mother goddess, who stood variously for Bengal, India, and the Hindu goddess Kali. The reigning British monarchs during the period of the British Raj, 1858–1947, in silver one-rupee coins. Upper class Indians, rich landowners and businessmen were favoured. [72] However, it divided the electorate into 19 religious and social categories, e.g., Muslims, Sikhs, Indian Christians, Depressed Classes, Landholders, Commerce and Industry, Europeans, Anglo-Indians, etc., each of which was given separate representation in the Provincial Legislative Assemblies. [92] With Japanese support, he organised the Indian National Army, composed largely of Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army who had been captured by the Japanese in the Battle of Singapore. [240] They offered many competing methods to reach the goal. Earlier, in Madurai, on 21 September 1921, Gandhi had adopted the loin-cloth for the first time as a symbol of his identification with India's poor. [citation needed] Jinnah rejected the notion of a united India, and emphasised that religious communities were more basic than an artificial nationalism. [21] The 1861 Census had revealed that the English population in India was 125,945. With shipments of equipment and parts from Britain curtailed, maintenance became much more difficult; critical workers entered the army; workshops were converted to making artillery; some locomotives and cars were shipped to the Middle East. The Company delivered justice arbitrarily which could be called as ‘trader’s justice’ because the Company’s officials were all traders and had no knowledge of law. The British created a new system of administration in India to serve their purposes. The British Raj: The History and Legacy of Great Britain’s Imperialism in India and the Indian Subcontinent. The seventy men founded the Indian National Congress; Womesh Chunder Bonerjee was elected the first president. Tazeen M. Murshid, "Law and Female Autonomy in Colonial India", Paul Bairoch, "Economics and World History: Myths and Paradoxes," (1995: University of Chicago Press, Chicago) p. 89, F. H. Brown and B. R. Tomlinson, "Tata, Jamshed Nasarwanji (1839–1904)", in, Laxman D. Satya, "British Imperial Railways in Nineteenth Century South Asia,", Ian Derbyshire, 'The Building of India's Railways: The Application of Western Technology in the Colonial Periphery, 1850-1920', in. [65], To combat what it saw as a coming crisis, the government now drafted the Rowlatt committee's recommendations into two Rowlatt Bills. Small warships were built, and an aircraft factory opened in Bangalore. Get Eurasia Review’s insightful news, analysis and opinion delivered directly to your email. This page was last edited on 6 December 2020, at 15:21. However, the conspiracies generally failed in the face of intense police work. [56] Ahimsa or "non-violence", which formed the underpinning of Satyagraha, came to represent the twin pillar, with Truth, of Gandhi's unorthodox religious outlook on life. September 19, 2014. istock. No longer was it believed that the natives could truly make progress, instead, they had to be ruled by heavy hand, with democratic opportunities postponed indefinitely. In pre-British times, the moneylender was subordinated to the village community. It originated during the reign of King Henry II (1154-89), when many local customary laws were replaced by new national ones, which applied to all and were thus "common to all". Within the princely states external affairs, defence and most communications were under British control. [221] In 1860, Grant Medical College became one of the four recognised colleges for teaching courses leading to degrees (alongside Elphinstone College, Deccan College and Government Law College, Mumbai).[187]. However, before the take-over by the Crown the East India Company done the ground work for the colonisation of the subcontinent. The Muslim community was made a separate electorate and granted double representation. [20] They too were rewarded in the new British Raj by being officially recognised in the treaties each state now signed with the Crown. Soon the Company also acquired the administration of justice in the areas under its control and the role of Muslim qazis and judges was over. [86], Congress launched the Quit India Movement in July 1942 demanding the immediate withdrawal of the British from India or face nationwide civil disobedience. [138], Effective from 1 April 1936, the Government of India Act created the new provinces of Sind (separated from the Bombay Presidency) and Orissa (separated from the Province of Bihar and Orissa). These states remained under the full control of their hereditary rulers, with no popular government. Consequently, no more land reforms were implemented for the next 90 years: Bengal and Bihar were to remain the realms of large land holdings (unlike the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh).[25]. In local terms, British control rested on the Indian Civil Service (ICS), but it faced growing difficulties. Marshall (1998). Prominent among the extremists was Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who attempted to mobilise Indians by appealing to an explicitly Hindu political identity, displayed, for example, in the annual public Ganapati festivals that he inaugurated in western India. The British Raj: The History and Legacy of Great Britain’s Imperialism in India and the Indian Subcontinent looks at the importance of British colonialism in the region, and how it has affected the course of history to this day. The Prophet himself set the standards and said in the Quran, ‘Justice is the balance of God upon earth in which things when weighed are not by a practice less or more. [173][174][175] The Ganges Canal reached 350 miles (560 kilometres) from Haridwar to Cawnpore (now Kanpur), and supplied thousands of miles of distribution canals. [143] All three sectors of the economy—agriculture, manufacturing, and services—accelerated in the postcolonial India. Legal system under the Sultanate: The sultan or king was the supreme authority in his kingdom. But unfortunately the administration of justice under the Sultans worked fit-fully. "[227], The growth of the British Indian Army led to the arrival of many Anglican chaplains in India. Your email address will not be published. In mid-1944 the British Army first halted and then reversed the Japanese U-Go offensive, beginning the successful part of the Burma Campaign. Company’s officials became judges without any formal training and at the time the Privy Council was born as the highest court of appeal. [56], Also, during his time in South Africa, in his essay, Hind Swaraj, (1909), Gandhi formulated his vision of Swaraj, or "self-rule" for India based on three vital ingredients: solidarity between Indians of different faiths, but most of all between Hindus and Muslims; the removal of untouchability from Indian society; and the exercise of swadeshi—the boycott of manufactured foreign goods and the revival of Indian cottage industry. In addition, heavy British spending on munitions produced in India (such as uniforms, rifles, machine-guns, field artillery, and ammunition) led to a rapid expansion of industrial output, such as textiles (up 16%), steel (up 18%), and chemicals (up 30%). Viceroy, Lord Canning, meets the ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ranbir Singh, 9 March 1860. The ideal of justice under Islam was one of the highest in the middle ages. New York: Simon and Schuster. Mukherjee, Soumyen. The British Raj (/rɑːdʒ/; from rāj, literally, "rule" in Sanskrit and Hindustani)[2] was the rule by the British Crown on the Indian subcontinent from 1858 to 1947. [222], English historian Peter Cain, has challenged Mantena, arguing that the imperialists truly believed that British rule would bring to the subjects the benefits of ‘ordered liberty’, thereby Britain could fulfil its moral duty and achieve its own greatness. The British Indian Empire and surrounding countries in 1909, Although the rebellion had shaken the British enterprise in India, it had not derailed it. Once foreign goods were boycotted, there was a gap which had to be filled by the production of those goods in India itself. Deindustrialization of India's iron industry was even more extensive during this period. In this period the unit of judicial administration was under Qazi- an office which was borrowed from the Caliphate. [76] The predominantly Hindu and Sikh areas were assigned to the new nation of India and predominantly Muslim areas to the new nation of Pakistan; the plan included a partition of the Muslim-majority provinces of Punjab and Bengal. Calcutta: M.C. [240] Munro proposed to deal directly with the peasants. Interpretation Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. New legislation merged the Crown and the old East India Company courts and introduced a new penal code as well as new codes of civil and criminal procedure, based largely on English law. While the Muslim League had been a small elite group in 1927 with only 1300 members, it grew rapidly once it became an organisation that reached out to the masses, reaching 500,000 members in Bengal in 1944, 200,000 in Punjab, and hundreds of thousands elsewhere. For instance, he … "Imperialism and Gender." [134], With the promulgation of the Government of India Act 1935, the Council of India was abolished with effect from 1 April 1937 and a modified system of government enacted. The judicial system under the sultanate was divided into many parts which are as follows-courts at centre, provincial courts, District courts, parganah courts, village courts. Macaulay simultaneously was a leading reformer involved in transforming the educational system of India. The following day Hindu-Muslim riots broke out in Calcutta and quickly spread throughout British India. [145] India's global share of GDP fell drastically from above 20% to less than 5% in the colonial period. India during the British Raj was made up of two types of territory: British India and the Native States (or Princely States). Differences In The British And American Legal Systems July 1, 2017 Find US Made Leave a Comment Although the legal systems in the UK and the USA originally started out based on the same set of rules, they have diverged over the years and have since become quite different to one another, although there are some interesting parallels. [151] The Tata Iron and Steel Company (TISCO), now headed by his son Dorabji Tata (1859–1932), opened its plant at Jamshedpur in Bihar in 1908. As a consequence of over a century of British rule, a substantial portion of Indian law and Indian legal institutions is based on English law and legal system and use the English language. [22] In 1880, the standing Indian Army consisted of 66,000 British soldiers, 130,000 Natives, and 350,000 soldiers in the princely armies. [181], Taxes in India decreased during the colonial period for most of India's population; with the land tax revenue claiming 15% of India's national income during Mughal times compared with 1% at the end of the colonial period. [212] The Third Pandemic of plague started in China in the middle of the 19th century, spreading disease to all inhabited continents and killing 10 million people in India alone. [57] Upon his arrival in the district, Gandhi was joined by other agitators, including a young Congress leader, Rajendra Prasad, from Bihar, who would become a loyal supporter of Gandhi and go on to play a prominent role in the Indian independence movement. By 1939 the number of institutions had doubled and enrolment reached 145,000. and O.J.R. [82], While the regular Indian army in 1939 included about 220,000 native troops, it expanded tenfold during the war,[83] and small naval and air force units were created. Their participation had a wider cultural fallout as news spread of how bravely soldiers fought and died alongside British soldiers, as well as soldiers from dominions like Canada and Australia. Purdah rules prohibited women from saying their husband's name or having their photograph taken. In a nutshell, the judicial conditions during the prolonged period of 17th and 18th century in British India was taken up as a solemn effort, paving the way for future law developments. Pakistan Legal System. [citation needed] The British also exercised a general influence over the states' internal politics, in part through the granting or withholding of recognition of individual rulers. [185] It retained as well the institutional arrangements of the Raj such as the civil services, administration of sub-divisions, universities and stock exchanges. [94][95][96] Although Bose was unsuccessful, he roused patriotic feelings in India. In tackling the challenge of holding this community together and simultaneously confronting the colonial authority, he had created a technique of non-violent resistance, which he labelled Satyagraha (or Striving for Truth). Under the Mughal Empire the country had an efficient system of government with the result that the system of justice took shape. When Gandhi was ordered to leave by the local British authorities, he refused on moral grounds, setting up his refusal as a form of individual Satyagraha.

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