Sat. May 18th, 2024

How India was a Continent – Answer-

India was a Continent like Europe before 1947 during British rule. There were 562 princely states/kingdoms in India.

These kingdoms were not legally part of British India, but in reality, they were completely subordinate to the British Crown.

For the British these states were the necessary allies, to keep in check the rise of other colonial powers and nationalist tendencies in India.

Accordingly, the princes were given autonomy over their territories, but the British acquired for themselves the right to appoint ministers and get military support as and when required.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (India’s first deputy prime minister and the home minister) with the assistance of V.P menon (the secretary of the Ministry of the States) was given the formidable task of integrating the princely states.

From invoking the patriotism of the princes to remind them of the possibility of anarchy on event of their refusal to join, Patel kept trying to convince them to join India.

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