QUESTION: The First War of Independence, 1857, led to several changes. With reference to this explain the rights granted to the Indian Princes and Chiefs.
ANSWER: Rights granted to the Indian Princes and Chiefs:
(i) The Doctrine of Lapse was abandoned and the right to adoption was recognized.
(ii) The Indian Princes were assured that their territories would never be annexed,
(iii) The British Government declared that all the treaties and agreements would be honoured.
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