Which
 aspects 
of 
British 
colonial
 rule 
in 
India 
were 
most 
challenging 
to
overcome 
in 
the
 fight 
for 
independence?lear,
analytical 
topic
...

Which
 aspects 
of 
British 
colonial
 rule 
in 
India 
were 
most 
challenging 
to
overcome 
in 
the
 fight 
for 
independence?

lear,
analytical 
topic
 sentence
 that
 identifies
 an
 aspect
 of 
British
 rule 
and
  the
challenges 
it
 presented
 during 
independence

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saintfester | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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One of the most challenging aspects of gaining independence was the might of the British colonial army. Despite the rather small number of British officers and soldiers in the country, a much larger force of training Indians who helped police and keep the peace augmented this force. Indians who fought for peace found their efforts continually confounded by their own people in the form of spies and soldiers.

Although not necessarily an aspect of the British control, the reluctance of Hindus and Muslims to work together proved to be very divisive to the freedom movement. When the Indian National Congress was formed, it lacked Muslim representation which eventually led to open conflict between the two sides even as the opposed the British.

Another challenge was the system of education, which the British had instituted. It defamed Indian culture and brainwashed generations of young minds into staying loyal to the British despite it clearly being their best interest of most Indians to pursue freedom.

The financial resources of the British were another hurdle to independence. The British wasted little expense in jailing, arresting, detaining, fining and even killing if it meant peace, and with Indian being a major source of imperial wealth they were not shy about spending what it took to get the situation under control.

 

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