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Unformatted text preview: led hypocris y. On the one hand, the em pire needed to be profitable. On the other hand, the white m an's
burden m ade brazen toot im pos s ible.
An additional factor deterring loot was the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. Though crus hed, it rem inded the Britis h vividly
that that they were a tiny ethnic group who could not rule a gigantic s ubcontinent without the s upport of im portant
locals . After 1857, the Britis h s topped annexing one princely s tate after another, and ins tead treated the princes
as allies . Land revenue was fixed in abs olute term s , partly to prevent local unres t and partly, to prom ote the
notion of the white m an's burden. The em pire proclaim ed its elf to be a protector of the Indian peas ant agains t
exploitation by Indian elites . This was denounced as hypocris y by nationalis ts like Dadabhoy Naoroji in the 19th
century, who com plained that land taxes led to an enorm ous drain from India to Britain. Objective calculations by
his torians like Angus Maddis on s ugges t a drain of perhaps 1.6 percent of Indian Gros...
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