The Rise and Fall of the East India Company in India

TLDR The East India Company maintained its monopoly on trade in India through corrupt practices and political influence, but eventually faced opposition and lost its trading rights. The British rule in India led to a cultural fusion initially, but later turned into racism and disdain towards Indians, leading to a serious resistance and uprising in 1857.

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00:00 The East India Company, while known for bringing down governments in India, also challenged the British state and engaged in corrupt practices such as bribing MPs in order to maintain its monopoly on trade in the East.
05:01 The East India Company used various tactics, such as lobbying and buying seats in parliament, to maintain its monopoly on trade, but eventually faced opposition and lost its right to trade altogether.
09:36 In 1803, after the East India Company lost its monopoly, the British resident becomes the real power in Delhi, while the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, inspires his people to the arts and poetry in what is known as the golden age of Urdu poetry.
14:26 In the early days of British rule in India, British officials were enamored with Mughal culture and often adopted Mughal customs, such as taking local wives, commissioning Mughal art, and embracing the Mughal way of life, but this period of cultural fusion and harmony eventually came to an end.
19:00 Once the British gained supreme power in India, they began to show their racism and look down on Indians, which was accompanied by a wave of evangelical Christianity that denigrated Hinduism and Islam, leading to real anger and anxiety among the Indian population.
23:26 The British and Indian populations in India during this time had completely different lifestyles and schedules, leading to a complete separation and inability to communicate with each other, which was further exacerbated by the British's racist and disdainful attitudes towards Indians, eventually sparking a serious resistance and uprising.
27:40 The uprising in India in 1857 was sparked by the introduction of the Enfield rifle, which was rumored to be covered in pig fat, offensive to both Hindus and Muslims, and seen as a signal that the British were trying to convert India to Christianity.
32:14 The uprising in India in 1857 was supported by a large portion of the population, including Hindu sepoys who mutinied against the East India Company and marched to Delhi to put the Mogul emperor back on the throne, but the lack of leadership and strategic thinking, as well as a shortage of weaponry and ammunition, ultimately led to the failure of the rebellion.
36:55 The British manage to recruit new armies from loyal Sikhs and frontier tribes, and with their greater numbers and the resistance of the sepoys being uncoordinated and lacking weapons and ammunition, the British are able to push back and slowly fight back against the rebellion, causing the numbers of sepoys to drop and ultimately leading to the tragic bombardment of Delhi by the British.
41:17 The British take advantage of an eclipse and the sepoys' superstitions to push back against the rebellion, resulting in the mass slaughter of men in Delhi and the pursuit of the mutineers.
45:58 The rebellion ends the Mogul dynasty and leads to talk of nationalizing the East India Company, with the Mogul Emperor being put on trial and ultimately the British Raj beginning.
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The Rise and Fall of the East India Company in India

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