Q. 93.5( 2 Votes )

Integration of various princely states into the new Indian nation was a challenging task. Discuss.

Answer :

At the time of independence India was totally disunified and was scattered as princely states. Therefore the formation of the Indian nation was a challenging task.

The conditions in India at the time of independence were:


1) 554 princely states, having different types of revenue sharing arrangements with the British


2) several colonial enclaves controlled by France and Portugal


3) the princely states with complete internal self-government


4) the existence of divine rights of kings


5) issues in border-states


The challenging task to form new Indian nation included:


1) the complete political integration


2) merging smaller states to the administrative system


3) full and exclusive jurisdiction


4) democratization, constitutionalization, and centralization of all the states


5) Reorganization of all sectors of life.


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