White Paper on Indian States-1948-Ministry of States GOI

Government of india

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF STATES

Issued on July 5, 1948

PRINTED IN INDIA BY THE MANAGER GOVT. OF INDIA PRESS, NEW DELHI AND PUBLISHED BY THE MANAGER OF PUBLICATIONS DELHI; 1950

This White Paper on Indian States issued on July 5, 1948, contained a survey of the developments in respect of States during the first year of the existence of the Ministry of States. During the period of a year and a half which has followed the issue of that White Paper, the policy of integration pursued by the Government of India has made further progress. The States integrated during this period include Mayurbhanj, Kolhapur, Baroda, Rampur, Tehri-Garhwal, Benaras and Cooch-Behar, which have been merged in Provinces; Bhopal, Tripura and Manipur which have been taken over as centrally administered units; Travancore and Cochin, whose Union emerges as a new unit on the Indian map; and the remaining Rajputana States of Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer which have been integrated in the reconstituted United State of Rajasthan. An outstanding development during this period has been the establishment of constitutional relationship between the Centre and the State of Hyderabad.

White_Paper_on_Indian_States_(1950)

CONTENTS

Foreword

  1. Foreword to the Revised Edition
  2. Foreword to the First Edition

I.⁠THE PROBLEM OF THE STATES

East India Company’s Treaty-making Activities

Lord Hastings’ Settlements; Policy of subordinate isolation

Growth of Paramountcy

Evils of Subsidiary System

The Policy of Annexation

States under the British Crown

Consolidation of British Power as a unifying factor

The influence of the First World War

Change in Policy towards States owing to possible constitutional developments in British India

Theory of ‘Personal’ Relationship between the Princes and the Crown


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