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British Rule in Bundelkhand

 
  A relic of British rule, in a public garden in Jhansi

Bundelkhand was considerably reorganised after the British Crown assumed charge of the India territories of the East India Company in 1858 (see 1857 Revolt in Bundelkhand).

Two categories of  princely states were created in Bundelkhand. In the first, called 'salute states', were large states including Orchha, Panna, Ajaigarh, Chhatarpur and Datia. In the second category were several smaller non-salute states.

After some territory adjustments with Gwalior state, Jhansi came to be administered directly by British, as part of the United Provinces, along with Jalaun, Banda and Hamirpur districts. Sagar and Damoh districts became part of Central Provinces.

British rule brought many benefits to directly administered territories. Railroads were constructed, initially as famine relief works, and eventually linked all district headquarters to major cities like Mumbai and Delhi.

Among other major famine relief works were the construction of the Betwa and Ken canal irrigation systems.

Government public schools were set up for the first time. A department of public health was created.

In princely state territories, a few rulers initiated some public welfare measures, such as repair and construction of tanks. Patronage of artistes continued - among the beneficiaries was Asgari Bai (1918-2006), one of India's greatest Dhrupad singers, who was with the Tikamgarh darbar for many years.

| Early History | Chandela Period | Khangars and Early Bundelas | Bundelas and Mughals | Gond Kingdom | Maharaj Chhatrasal | Entry of Marathas | Entry of British | 1857 Revolt | British Rule | Freedom Movement | Bundelkhand State? | Hold of Dacoits |

 
History
> Early History
> Chandela Period
> Khangars and Early Bundelas
> Bundelas and Mughals
> Gond Kingdom
> Maharaj Chhatrasal
> Entry of Marathas
> Entry of British
> 1857 Revolt
> British Rule
> Freedom Movement
> Bundelkhand State?
> Hold of Dacoits