The success and shame of postcolonial health care

More than perhaps any other, the events of 1857 and 1947 had the most dramatic impact on Southasia. While the political issues related to these experiences are widely discussed and debated, there remains little understanding of how these and the following years had a bearing on the health parameters of the region – which some would say is more important than any one of the political upheavals.

By the 19th century, the East India Company (described by some as the first trans-national corporation) had established near-monopolistic control over large areas of the Subcontinent, and enjoyed considerable political and economic influence in the UK. During this time, however, the Company was also facing insurrections from several quarters. Previous upheavals had been confined to the British officers (the 'white' mutinies in Bombay of 1683 and Mysore of 1809) or to particular regions (such as the Vellore mutiny in 1806). But over time, these events cumulatively had a vast depletory effect on the company's financial viability, while also raising doubts about its management.

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