1. Match the following:
Diwani Tipu Sultan
“Tiger of Mysore” right to collect land revenue
faujdari adalat Sepoy
Rani Channamma criminal court
sipahi led an anti-British movement in Kitoor
Diwani right to collect land revenue
“Tiger of Mysore” Tipu Sultan
faujdari adalat criminal court
Rani Channamma led an anti-British movement in Kitoor
2. Fill in the blanks:
(a) The British conquest of Bengal began with the Battle of ___________.
(b) Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers of ___________.
(c) Dalhousie implemented the Doctrine of ____________.
(d) Maratha kingdoms were located mainly in the __________ part of India.
3. State whether true or false:
(a) The Mughal empire became stronger in the eighteenth century.
(b) The English East India Company was the only European company that traded
(c) Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the ruler of Punjab.
(d) The British did not introduce administrative changes in the territories they
4. What attracted European trading companies to India?
European trading companies were attracted to India because of a number of
reasons: → Trading with India was highly profitable and fruitful to the
businessmen in Europe.
→ The European trading companies purchased goods at cheaper and sold them in
Europe at the higher prices.
→ The fine qualities of cotton and silk produced in India had a big market in
→ Indian spices like - pepper, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon were in great
demand in Europe.
5. What were the areas of conflict between the Bengal nawabs and the East India
In the 18th century, after the death of Aurangzeb, the Bengal nawabs asserted their
power and autonomy. Through the eighteenth century, the conflicts between them
and the East India Company intensified. The nawabs refused to grant the Company
concessions, demanded large tributes, denied it the right to mint coins, and stopped
it from extending its fortifications. They claimed that the Company was depriving
the Bengal government of huge amounts of revenue, and also undermining their
authority by refusing to pay taxes, writing disrespectful letters, and humiliating
them and their officials.
On the other hand, the Company declared that its trade was getting ruined because
of the unjust demands of the local officials. It believed that trade could only
flourish if the duties were removed. To expand trade, it wanted to enlarge its
settlements, buy up villages, and rebuild its forts.
6. How did the assumption of Diwani benefit the East India Company?
The Diwani right to the East India Company benefitted it in several ways: → The
Diwani allowed the Company to use the vast revenue resources of Bengal. → The
East India Company monopolized trade and began direct plunder of India’s wealth.
→ Revenues from India financed Company expenses. These revenues were used to
purchase cotton and silk textiles in India, maintain Company troops, and meet the
cost of building the Company fort and offices at Calcutta.
→ The company used its political power to monopolize trade & dictate terms.
They could impose their own prices that had no relation to the costs of production.
→ The company used revenue of Bengal to finance exports of Indian goods.
7. Explain the system of "subsidiary alliance".
After the battle of Plassey in 1757, the battle of Buxar in 1764 and gaining the
Diwani of Bengal, the company began to expand its rule in many parts of India.
For that it had devised several plans, one among them was the “Subsidiary
Alliance”. According to the terms of this alliance -
→ Indian rulers were not allowed to have their independent armed forces. → They
were to be protected by the company but pay for the Subsidiary Forces, that the
company was supposed to maintain for the purpose of their protection. → If the
Indian rulers failed to make payment, then that part of territory was taken away by
the company as penalty. For example, in 1801, the nawab of Awadh was forced to
give over half of his territory to the Company for failing to pay for the
8. In what way was the administration of the Company different from that of Indian
→ British territories were broadly divided into administrative units called
Presidencies. There were three Presidencies like - Bengal, Madras & Bombay
whereas under the Indian rulers administration was divided into four parts -
District (Zila), Paragana, Tehsil and Villages.
→ Each administrative unit was ruled by a Governor.
→ The supreme head of the administration was the Governor-General, whereas
under the Indian Administrative system the supreme head was King or Nawab. →
Warren Hastings introduced the new system of justice. Each district was to have
two courts- civil & criminal court.
→ The European District Collector presided over civil courts.
→ The criminal courts were still under a Qazi and a Mufti.
→ Under the Regulating Act of 1773, a new supreme court was established.
→ The main figure in an Indian District was Collector.
→ According to his title Collector, his main job was to collect the revenue and the
taxes and maintain law & order in his district with the help of judges, police
officers and darogas.
9. Describe the changes that occurred in the composition of the Company's army.
During the eighteenth century, when the East India Company began recruitment
for its own army, it started recruiting peasants and began training them as
professional soldiers. Like the Mughal army, the Company's army was also
composed of the cavalry and the infantry regiments, with the cavalry dominating
the army. However, as warfare technology changed during the nineteenth century,
the cavalry requirements of the Company's army declined. As the soldiers had to
be armed with muskets and matchlocks, the infantry regiments became more