Little More than Tea and Cricket
Review by By Andrew Robinson
in History Today, Volume 67 Issue 4 April 2017
In 1700, India, then ruled by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, boasted 24.4 per cent of global GDP: a share almost equal to that of Europe’s 25 per cent.
By 1950, India became a secular democracy by implementing a new constitution, its share was only o just over three per cent. During 1757 and 1947, the British East India Company ruled a large part of India until 1858, then the British Parliament ruled until 1947.