The first part – Warren Hastings And His Time as Gov General of India
If Sunny Deol’s “Tareekh pe tareekh pe tareekh” dialogue were to be revisited (with amendments), now would a good time.
This is when Pitt proposed that there should be a new act whereby the crown will “superintend, direct and control” the government of the Company’s possessions in India.
Masterstroke! In fact, the constitution set up by Pitt’s India Act did not undergo any major changes until the end of the company’s rule in India in 1858.
The Pitt’s India Act 1784 actually provided for a joint government of the company and British crown in India.
Of course, as you would have guessed the powers of the company were clipped, Calcutta was made more powerful and Bombay and Madras (which were the other two major hubs of EIC were made subordinate to it).
But cool as this dual governance may have sounded, the Pitt’s Act did not last very long!
Can you tell us the reasons why?