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The early British settlers in India actively embraced Indian life and culture. Men like Charles Stuart, of the East India Company, didn’t fit the stereotype of Empire builders as arrogant, racist oppressors.

Jeremy Paxman describes how earlier settlers adopted Indian clothing, customs and traditions. They also married Indian women or took Indian mistresses, leaving some 150 million people in the country today who have at least some British blood in their veins.
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20 April 2012

Classroom Ideas

Students could be asked to consider whether Britain should be proud or ashamed of its imperial past? Or is the story of the Empire too complex to be described with these simplistic labels? Were the pupils surprised by the story of Charles Stuart and of the attitude of the Anglo-Indians in the clip?

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