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The industrial revolution which missed India eventually resulted in this once developed and rich country being placed on the receiving end of a ruthless colonial enterprise.

Those engaged in indigenous trade and crafts were coerced into producing primary goods for export at prices convenient to the United Kingdom.

Thanks to newly found mechanised facilities, their industries were now capable of producing far more and better finished products than the artisans in India. These value-added goods were then dumped in India and other markets of the vast British Empire.

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