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What were relations like between the rulers and the ruled in the British Empire?

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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