Paper presented at British Scholar Conference ‘Britain and the World’ King’s College London23 June 2016
Physical conquest of India by the British was relatively a simple affair even though it took 60 long years, 1757-1818. But the colonial empire needed legitimacy and support from among the natives.
This was accomplished by developing ancient India as a colonial tool. The same tool was utilized by the Hindus to blunt the missionary attacks on their religion and develop mild courage to look the empire in the eye.
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