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The British Rulers of India were basically racist people. There existed hoaxes and pseudo-ethnologies. They had based the recruitments to their forces explicitly from these group of people. The Wikipedia article illustrates quite wholly the concept that existed at that time. The doctrine of 'martial races' postulated that the qualities that make a useful ...
Sikhs from the Punjab and Nepalese Gurkha's were purposely recruited into the British army because these two regions were the hardest to conquer during the British Conquest. References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhs_in_the_British_Indian_Army https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Gurkha
Many Britishers in eighteenth and nineteenth century India purchased land from private sellers, including native sellers, for a variety of purposes including agriculture, construction of factories, go-downs etc. In addition they could bid for leases- sometimes very large ones- from either the East India Company or a Native Raja. Indian law was not ...
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