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Protected: “The role of the East India Company proved disastrous to the handicraft industry in India for a number of reasons.” Comment. OR “The decline of Handicraft/traditional industries was the direct result of the British rule in India and had mostly negative consequences on India.” Examine this statement.

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Protected: “Rural society responded to colonial rule in an entirely different way as compared to urban intelligentsia.” In the context of above statement examine the nature of peasant and tribal revolts. How were these movements different from that led by new emerging urban middle class?

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Protected: The second half of the nineteenth century, particularly the period after the suppression of the revolt of 1857, is considered to be the high noon of British imperialism in India. A self-confident paternalism tended to turn into a despotism, which was not prepared to accept any self-governing right for the Indians. But still many constitutional reforms were brought. How do you explain constitutional reforms brought by the imperial British? Give different views.

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Protected: “India was not lost by the French because Dupleix was recalled from India or Bussy was re­called from Hyderabad, or because La Bourbonnais left the coast at critical moments. It was through the short-sighted, ill-managed Eu­ropean policy of French Monarchy that France lost her Indian Settlements in the Seven Years’ War”. Discuss. Also examine the role of Dupleix failure in establishing French empire in India. 

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