Heights of British Machinations in India

By Shivam Pathak

British Raj in India was a pillar that stood on the pedestal of lies and trachery. The history furnishes plethora of accounts appertaining to this matter. In this article some famous art of treachery and lies of Britishers will be covered. Before moving forward it is very important for us to understand that a country which called itself civilized was in no way it considered itself during the British Raj in India. One of the most intriguing accounts was one when Britishers, during their initial days on the Indian soil, won over a rich Punjabi merchant of Calcutta named Amin Chand by fawning him in order to cement relations with his acquaintances ( it includes several Nawabs of Bengal). This in totality provided Britishers an opportunity of enjoying some sort of liberty under the nose of Nawab courtiers. As the time passed by, when Britishers faced the fury of Siraj-ud-daula’s (then the Nawab of Bengal) threat because of which the former arrested Amin Chand under suspicion, without whom they could never sat foot on Bengal’s soil. Second instance is more pathetic than the first one. After the death of Shuja-ud-daula, his son (the new Navab wazir of Oudh) Asaf-ud-daula was put under a heavy pressure of paying a largesome amount of money to the Britishers. When Asaf-ud-daula was extremely afflicted by the British austerities, he approached Warren Hastings and asked for compensation. Instead of getting compensation, Warren Hastings sowed the seed in his mind of robbing his own mother and another Begum of his father with her. After certain tactics, Begums were coerced to hand over their treasure, which today is worth of 12,00,000 Euro. Such was the greed of Britishers who corrupted a son’s mind to rob his own mother. The last in line was Britishers tactics of using the seal on which was engraved-” Fidvi-i-Khas Badsha-i-Delhi”(the special servant of the king of Delhi) till the year of 1942 though the emperor was a titular monarch, and the real power vested in British authority. In this article we are not providing other instances otherwise a full book is required. These three examples serve best to let people know that how civilized the Britishers were of that time, that they were not able to keep any promises and had no power of openly challenging the valour of Indians of that era.

The information used in this article is outsourced from Pandit Sunderlal’s book of four volumes “Bharat Mein Angrezi Raj”, which was originally written in Hindi but later translated into English.