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29 - October - 1851

British Indian Association was established in Bengal with Radha Kanta Dev as president and Devendranath Tagore as the Secretary.

British Indian Association was founded on October 29, 1851, at Calcutta with Raja Radha Kanta dev and Debendranath Tagore as its President and Secretary respectively. Other members of the Association included Ramgopal Ghosh, Peary Chand Mitra and Krishnadas Pal. Its membership was kept exclusive to Indians.

The object of the Association was 'to secure improvements in the local administration of the country and in the system of government laid down by Parliament'.

The Association gave leadership to remove the existing defects in the laws and civil administration of the country and to promote greater welfare of the Indians.

In 1852 the Association sent a petition to Parliament 'relative to the East India Company's charter' fallen due to be renewed in 1853.

The Association has grievances, the pressure of the revenue systems, the improvement of judicial administration, the protection of the life and property of the people from molestation, relief from monopolies of the East India Company, encouragement of indigenous manufacture, education of the people and the admission of the Indians to the higher administrative services. The Association demanded that in the future two-thirds of Indian Legislative Council's representatives should be Indians.

The Indian Association ceased to operate after the abolition of the zamindari system in West Bengal in 1954.

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