The British Raj was rules until 1947 by the British Empire in South Asia. "Raj" is a word in Hindi that means "rule" and so "British Raj" means rule by the British Empire in South Asia. The area is now in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The British Raj is also called the British Indian Empire or the Indian Empire.
British Indian Empire
|Anthem: "God Save the King/Queen"  |
|Status||Imperial political structure (British India, a quasi-federation of presidencies and provinces directly governed by the British Crown through the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Princely States, governed by Indian rulers, under the suzerainty of The British Crown exercised through the Viceroy of India)|
|Capital||Calcutta (1858–1911) |
New Delhi (1911–1947)
|Religion||Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism|
|Government||British Colonial Government|
|Monarch of the United Kingdom and Emperor/Empressa|
|The 2nd Viscount Canning (first)|
|The 1st Viscount Mountbatten (last)|
|Secretary of State|
|Lord Stanley (first)|
|The 5th Earl of Listowel (last)|
|Legislature||Imperial Legislative Council|
|23 June 1757 & 10 May 1857|
|2 August 1858|
|18 July 1947|
|14 and 15 August 1947|
|ISO 3166 code||IN|
The term "British Raj" is used for the direct British rule over areas that had been conquered by the British, which are known as British India and included the British influence over many independent princely states. Those areas were governed by their own traditional rulers although they were under the overall authority of the British crown.
Undivided India is another term to mean the whole area of British rule, but it does not include Burma, which became in 1937 its own British colony. The colony of Aden came under the same government from 1858 to 1937, as were British Somaliland (now part of Somalia) from 1884 to 1898 and Singapore from 1858 to 1867.
British rule ended on 15 August 1947. The borders between India and Pakistan came into effect on the 18 August. Many people died during the Partition of India.
The 1861 census showed that the British population in the subcontinent was 125,945. Only 41,862 of them were civilians as compared with 84,083 European officers and men of the Army. In 1880, the standing Indian Army consisted of 66,000 British soldiers, 130,000 natives, and 350,000 soldiers in the princely armies.
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