We discussed in class the negative and positive effect of British imperialism in India, but as someone brought up, I don’t understand why the British felt the need to expand their rule over India. Was it because they thought India would be a better country under their empire or because they wanted to gain more power for themselves and taking over other countries solidified their rule. Without the British, I don’t know if India would have westernized or not but I feel as if they would have been fine without the British invasion. After reading more about the British, I’m starting to feel as if the British took over India for selfish reasons and were concerned with becoming superior to other countries (social darwinism). Although British Imperialism did benefit India by providing them with an educated elite, a large railroad network, large tea plantations, irrigation projects for agriculture, and the motivation to fight for independence, I don’t believe the British’s initial reasoning behind their invasion was to help India progress. What do you think the British’s main reason was for invading India and do you think India would have been fine without westernization?