Warren Hastings British India’s First Governor-General, Old PC
Old PC or postcard of Warren Hastings the first Governor-General of British India. Warren Hastings (1732-1818) was clearly one of the most important personalities of colonial India. Under his governorship, the British dominions in India were conserved and greatly extended. British supremacy in India is acknowledged to his skill.
His professional career began in the East India Company as a writer in 1749. Well educated and of scholarly drive, Hastings rose to become the first Governor-General of Bengal. Which gave him considerable control over the whole of the Indian subcontinent. But Hastings was not without any detractors. Despite his reputation as an able administrator and commander.
He turned around the East India Company’s long ailing finances to a healthy level. He helped subdue armed conflicts against the British. His subordinates were a bit over-critical of his handling of administration and his sterness. They got Hastings indicted on various charges of embezzlement, fraud, abuse of power, and so on. Warren Hastings was recalled back to England where he was put on trial. Which lasted seven years. But in the end, he was cleared of all charges. He never returned to India. Click on the photo for better view.
Read more Hastings, Warren (1732–1818).
Did you know- at the time there were four principal powers in India- the British, the Marathas, Tipu Sultan, and the Nizam.
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