How did Britain rule Sri Lanka. Apart from the Great Rebellion, in which the British Empire brutally repressed the Kandy kingdom, there isn't a lot of info on how life was really like under foreign rule, especially during the early half of the 20th century. So what was it really like to be Ceylonese in the pre-war? How did British rule compare with life prior to the Empire?
British administration was beneficial for the Indian economy. After the British left, the Indian economy declined very significantly. In 1900, India was ranked the #36 country in the world by GDP per capita. Today, it is ranked #135, right below Nigeria.
To put that in perspective: if India were #36 today, it would be comparable to Israel (#35) and Spain (#33).