what is doctrine of lapse?

It is a doctrine devised by Lord Dalhousie which declares that if an Indian ruler dies without a male heir, then his kingdom would lapse i.e. become a part of British territory.

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It means if any ruler died without leaving behind a natural heir to the throne,his kingdom automatically became a part of the british territory.

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In doctrine of lapse if any ruler die without leaving behind a natural heir ,his kingdom will became a part of british territory

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The Doctrine of Lapse was an annexation policy purportedly devised by Lord Dalhousie, who was theGovernor General for the East India Company in India between 1848 and 1856. According to the Doctrine, any princely state or territory under the direct influence (paramountcy) of the British East India Company(the dominant imperial power in the subcontinent), as a vassal state under the British Subsidiary System, would automatically be annexed if the ruler was either "manifestly incompetent or died without a direct heir".[1] The latter supplanted the long-established right of an Indian sovereign without an heir to choose a successor. In addition, the British decided whether potential rulers were competent enough. The doctrine and its application were widely regarded by Indians as illegitimate.

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The Doctrine of Lapse was an annexation policy purportedly devised by Lord Dalhousie

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Doctrine of Lapse
was the policy by
which the state of
an issueless
deceased ruler
would automatically pass
to the british
company. Lord
Dalhousie made the
best use of it, as he
never wasted an opportunity and
thus annexed all
such states whose
rulers died without
any legal successor.




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