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Folklaw | The jewel in the crown

Andrew Lugger looks back at the law 
that changed the governance of India

22 February 2013

‘The Jewel in the Crown’ is a phrase often used to describe India’s pride of place in the British Empire. Britannia’s rule in the Indian subcontinent started with the son of a country lawyer, Robert Clive, who in June 1757 won a victory at Plassey near Calcutta that paved the way for a coterie of British traders to make a fortune in Bengal – described by Clive as “an inexhaustible fund of riches”. Of greater significance was Nawab of Bengal’s surrender of his dominions after the Battle of Plassey – as this resulted in the British East India Company assuming direct control of India. But, by the 1850s the Company had ceased to trade (now merely the instrument through which Westminster governed India) and its 100 year reign finally ended when the British Raj was established after The Indian Rebellion 1857-58 (more accurately the Sepoy Mutiny) – sovereignty of the subcontinent was thenceforth transferred to Queen Victoria.

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