The traditional handicrafts were ruined under the British rule.Do you agree with thus view? Give reasons in support of your answer.


Yes. India’s traditional handicraft industries were ruined under British rule. There were many reasons behind this. The British adopted the strategy of systematically deindustrializing India. The main raw materials required by the handicraft industries such as cotton and silk were exported to Britain and instead imported to Indian markets the finished products which are low cost. Thus, due to lack of raw materials, reduced markets and no government policies to protect the handicraft industry resulted in collapse of the Indian handicraft industries.

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