Dalhousie implemented the Doctrine of ___________.

Answer: The right answer is the Doctrine of Lapse.

  • The Doctrine of Lapse was the annexation policy devised by Dalhousie.
  • Lord Dalhousie was the Governor General from 1848 to 1856.
  • He played the role in the final wave of annexations of many kingdoms.
  • As per this policy, a kingdom would lapse and come under the East India Company; if the kingdom did not have a male heir when the ruler died.
  • Using the Doctrine of Lapse, Satara was annexed by the British in 1848.
  • Under the Doctrine of Lapse, Sambalpur was annexed by the British in 1850.
  • Udaipur was annexed in 1852.
  • Kingdoms of Nagpur and Jhansi were annexed in 1853 and 1854 respectively, under the Doctrine of Lapse.
  • Finally the Kingdom of Awadh was annexed in 1856.

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