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What was/were the object/objects of Queen Victoria's Proclamation (1858)?

1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States
2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown
3. To regulate East India Company's trade with India

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer:

A

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Explanation:

Queen Victoria's Proclamation of 1858 had two main objectives:

1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States: The proclamation aimed to assure the Indian princely states that the British government had no intention to annex or acquire their territories. It sought to maintain the existing political structure and relationships with the princely states.

2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown: The proclamation declared the transfer of power and authority from the East India Company to the British Crown. It marked the beginning of direct British rule in India and brought the administration of India under the control of the British government.

The regulation of East India Company's trade with India (option 3) was not a specific objective of Queen Victoria's Proclamation.

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