The State and Economic Development
BY raising the issue of government policy, our last chapter’s conclusion has pointed us towards one of the most common themes in the historiography of.British India. Alleged laissez-faire official attitudes and non-interventionist policies are frequently allotted much blame for shortcomings of Indian development in the nineteenth century. Thus, even Morris, for all his claims for ‘substantial growth’, concludes that ‘the “night watchman” policies of the state were not sufficient to permit the development ... of all the fundamental underpinnings of an industrial revolution’ [13: 13].
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