The intention of the East India Bill

The intention of the East India Bill

Question: What was the intention of the East India Bill?


Edmund Burke‘s (1729-1797) speech on the ”East India Bill” (1783) is considered the Magna Charta of Hindustan. This speech was immense and had massive intentions. From the speech, we can get some clear intentions about the East India Bill. These have been discussed below.

Criticizing abuse of power

In the East India Bill, burke has been shown that the British ruler has abused their power. The British governor misled the army to rule India.

Mention the oppression of India

In his speech “East India Bill’’ Edmund Burke has been mentioned the tyranny and inhuman behavior of the company towards the Indian people. Warren Hastings was the governor-general of the company who was so brutal that impeachment was bought on him for his cruel and brutal activity.

“We sold I admit, all that we had to sell; that is our authority, not our control.’’

Ensuring the human rights of the Indian people

Edmund Burke demolished the sufferings and oppression of the Indian people with his East India Bill because this bill helped to ensure the human rights of the Indian People.

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Safety and protection for Indian people

The speech of the East India Bill” was so influential that the British parliament had taken over the company’s power and a charter was established named the “Government act on India”. British Government in India should be reformed after the East India Bill. Edmund Burke wanted to ensure the Indian people’s safety and protection.

A message for the British parliament

The most important intention was to make conscious the British Government of Imperialism. This bill worked as a message for the British parliament. Burk realized that if the company’s domination was carried in such a way so British Imperialism would demolish very soon from India. Through this bill, Burke perpetuated British imperialism in India.


In fine, we can conclude that “The East India Bill” is the Magna Charta of Hindustan. This bill appeared as an alarm for the British Raj and its intention was far-reaching.

Ruhul Huda
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