What could be the reasons for the confidence of the British rulers about their position in India before May 1857?

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The reasons could be:

1.The power of the nawabs,rajas was eroded and gradually they had lost thier honor & authority.

2.The mughal empire had lost their control and their family had shifted from the red fort.

3.Residents who were the representatives of the british would come and inform them of the important developments that were taking places in every king dom under the british rule.

4.Due to these reasons the british were confident that their position in India was strong and no one could challenge their power.

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Q.5: What could be the reasons for the confidence of the British rulers about their position in India before May, 1857?

Ans: The reasons for the confidence of the British rulers about their position in India before May, 1857 were too many as described below:

a) There were several riots, rebellion and revolts which occurred before May, 1857. But all these were localized and were suppressed by the British then and there.

b) In the mid 18th century, the powers of Nawabs, rajas, zamindars etc. were eroded. The freedom of the Indian rulers was reduced, their armed forces were disbanded, and their revenue and territories were taken by stages.

c) The Mughal Emperor had lost its control over the provinces. The traditional rulers fought among themselves and could not present a united front against a powerful foreign rule.

d) Residents had been stationed in many courts by the British as their representatives. These residents kept informing the governors about the important developments in every kingdom.

e) Indian princes and chiefs whom the British had allowed to continue used to side with the British during revolts before May, 1857.

So, the British were very confident that their position in India was very strong and no one could challenge them in anyway before May, 1857. The revolt was a great shock to them as they thought the disturbance caused by the issue of the cartridges would also die down and never expected that this could take the shape of such a massive rebellion

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The reasons could be:

1.The power of the nawabs,rajas was eroded and gradually they had lost thier honor & authority.

2.The mughal empire had lost their control and their family had shifted from the red fort.

3.Residents who were the representatives of the british would come and inform them of the important developments that were taking places in every king dom under the british rule.

4.Due to these reasons the british were confident that their position in India was strong and no one could challenge their power.
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1.They thought that many Indian soldiers were faithful to them.
2.They knew that many Kings and zamindars were their supporters
3.They had won many revolts succesfully.

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