The British came to India as traders in the seventeenth century. But from trading they soon became the imperial rulers of the sub-continent. India became a jewel in the British crown.
Beginning of the Raj
The Battle of Plessey in 1757 marked the start of the British Raj which endured for almost 200 years till 1947. Many Indians are of the opinion that the Raj brought little good to the country. They opine that the British milked India dry for their benefit and left only by compulsion. Perhaps it is true to an extant but the Raj ushered in benefits that have survived the passage of time.
Benefits of the Raj
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