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‘Fishing Fleets’ of Colonial India

DNMUM435576 | 4/28/2019 | Author : Ananth Karthikeyan | WC :795

On the land of ‘opportunity’ for British men & women
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When the British rose to power in India, they faced an increasingly difficult situation — there were too many young British men in their colony. India was a land of opportunity for many Britishers and thousands scrambled to India, keen to make their mark. British men were strongly discouraged from marrying Indians in order to maintain notions of British exceptionalism and supremacy. However, the men’s need for female long-term companionships had to be met. On the other hand, women in Britain faced steep matrimonial challenges in their sexist society. As a result, thousands of single young women sailed to India to find suitable husbands. This was derisively nicknamed the “Fishing Fleet”, a phenomenon alluded to in many cultural
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