task 3 Essay

1183 Words Apr 21st, 2014 5 Pages
Task 3 for GKE 1

March 25, 2014
Western Governors University

Page 2 In 1615 the East India Company acquired its first territory in Bombay, India. The East India Company was a British company that traded for goods, services, and raw materials with India. What initially started as a trading company became a company ruling a country with Brittan’s backing. The company established an army in India comprised mostly of local citizens called Sepoys. With help from the British army and navy, the East India Company fought other European countries also occupying India for control of the region. By 1715 the EIC and Brittan had beaten back the French in the Battle of Plassey. This secured their dominance in India and a
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In 1958 the British succeeded in squashing the rebellion. Because the EIC had lost control of India, Britain disbanded the company and took control of India, establishing British rule known as the Raj (Luscombe, 2012). The Raj established a viceroy to rule the colonies. In the beginning they increased British military presence to keep control. In an effort to mend the relationships with the indigenous population they increased religious tolerance and restored Indians to civil service positions within the government. In 1885 the Indian National Congress was established to provide the Indian people a way to communicate with the British government (History, 2010). India organized to become independent around 1915. This was a largely non-violent movement led by the Indian Nation Congress and a man named Mohandas Gandhi. Gandhi was an educated Indian who practiced law abroad in Africa and Asia. He witnessed imperial rule making mother countries rich at the expense of indigenous populations. Gandhi returned to India with goals of uniting the Indian Muslim and Hindu populations and obtaining Indian independence (History, 2010). The Indian Independence movement consisted of several non-violent protests like boycotting of British goods, labor and hunger strikes, demonstrations, and marches. In 1928 the Dandi march was held to oppose the British tax on salt. Thousands of Indians marched

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