Governors General/Viceroys in India

Governors General/Viceroys in India

Governors General/Viceroys in India means the head of the British administration in India. In 1774 an office was started with name of Governor-General of Bengal or Governor-General of the Presidency of Fort William. In the year 1833 the designation Governors General of Bengal was changed to Governors General of India. The title Viceroy of India was added in 1858. But in the year 1947 the title of Governors General of India was abandoned during the independence of India. But this title existed up to India adopted republican constitution.

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Governors General/Viceroys in India

 Name of Governor General Duration  Important Points
 Warren Hastings  1774 – 1785  Warren Hastings was the first governor general in India. Hastings elected as the governor general of Fort William (Bengal). Warren Hastings was accused of corruption for his wrong doings namely the war of Rohilla, Nand Kumar trial and execution, Raja Chaith Singh Case and Begums of Oudh. He was impeached in Britain in 1787. The trial went on for 7 years and he was acquitted in 1795. In 1814 Warren Hasting was made a Privy Councilor.
 Lord Cornwallis  1786 – 1793  Lord Cornwallis Intorduced Permanent Settlement (Permanent Settlement of Bengal). It was an agreement between the Bengali landlords and the East India Company to raise fixed revenue from land lords for both agriculture and productivity.
 Lord Wellesley 1798 – 1825 Lord Wellesley introduced Subsidiary Alliance rule. According to this rule rulers of India should agree to keep East India Company’s forces in their territory. State of the Hyderabad was the first to agree the Subsidiary Alliance.
 Lord William Bentick  1828 – 1835  William Bentick was the first Governor General of India.
He was designated in 1828.
Bentick introduced English education.
Outlawed SATI in India.
 Lord Dalhousie  1848 – 1856  Dalhousie introduced the infamous ‘Doctrine of Lapse’.
Started Railways and Telegraph to India.
Named as the maker of modern India.
 Lord Canning  1856 – 1862  Canning was the Governor General at the time of mutiny of 1857.
After the Mutiny of 1857 Canning appointed as the first Viceroy
 Lord Mayo  1869 – 1872  India’s Viceroy
A convict killed him in Andaman
Conducted census in India first (some territories not included)
 Lord Lytton  1876 – 1880  In his time On 1 Jan 1877, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Kaisar-i-Hind in the Delhi durbar.
 Lord Rippon  1880 – 1884  Rippon introduced the dual system of governance.
Conducted first complete census of British Territories in 1881
Introduced Ilbert Bill in 1883
Rippon Known as Father of Local Self Government in India
Lord Dufferin 1884 – 1888 Indian National Congress was formed
Lord Curzon 1899 – 1905 Bengal Partition
Swadeshi Movement lanched.
Lord Hardinge 1910 – 1916 Lord Hardinge changed the capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.
England King George V visited India in 1911 to attend Delhi durba.
Rash Bihari Bose made and assassination attempt on Hardinge
Lord Chelmsford 1916 – 1921 The Jallianwala Bagh incident of 1919
Rowlatt Act
Chelmsford reforms
Khilafat movement
Lord Reading 1921 – 1926  Chauri Chaura incident.
First time imprisonment of Mahatma Gandhi.
Lord Irwin 1926 – 1931 First Round Table Conference
Simon Commission
Gandhi Irwin pact
Dandi March
Lord Willingdon 1931 – 1936 Second and Third Round Table Conferences
Poona Pact between Gandhi and Dr.BR Ambedkar was signed in his tenure
Communal award was given by British PM Ramsay Macdonald
 Lord Linlithgow  1936 – 1943  Cripps Mission visited India
Quit India resolution was passed during his period.
Lord Wavell 1943 – 1947 Cabinet mission
Simla conference are done during his tenure

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