BRITISH RELATIONS WITH THE GOLD COAST
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India's dilemma was Great Britain's opportunity. The internal strife of its princes made it possible for the East India Oompany to gain influence. They gradually came to interfere in the affairs of the people. The Or own did not encourage this at first. Legislative sanction was given afterwards. Then came developments which led to regular administration by Her Majesty's Government. Later, we have the Indian Mutiny, the result, among other causes, of the rulers not sufficiently appreciating the prejudices of the ruled. This led to a new policy, which, under the guiding spirit of the Queen's proclamations, made it possible for India, in time, in some modified form, to take a part in the management of her internal affairs. It was felt that it was impossible in a Dependency where the proportion of the rulers to the ruled was four to one million not to take note and give effect to the people's point of view. It was realised that in dealing with even an Eastern people fair-play was in the end the only goal at which practical statesmen could aim. It was recognised by such a distinguished administrator as Sir Thomas Munro that of the three policies of plunder, servitude, or amalgamation, the soundest and safest was the last. How could Great Britain perpetually overa,we or enslave
such a virile, ancient race as the Indians? No. A policy of conciliation, of amalgamation, was the only one possible. Sir Thomas Munro, we are told by Sir Oharles Bruce in his able work, "The True Temper of Empire," advocated the one possible policy. Said he:
.. Let Britain be subjugated by a foreign Power to-.. morrow; let the people be excluded from all share in .. the Government, from public honour, from every .. office of high trust or emolument, and let them, in .. every situation, be considered as unworthy of trust, .. and all their knowledge, and all their literature, sacred .. and profane, would not save them from becoming, in " another generation or two, a low-minded, deceitful, and .. dishonest race."