British Political Legacy in India and Sri Lanka

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration
Project period:
31-Aug-2011 - 31-Aug-2012
Project summary:

 This project investigates the applicability of the Westminster system for the sovereign executives of India and Sri Lanka. While most published works on how Britain’s system of government was exported examine the ‘old’ settler countries of Australia, Canada and New Zealand this research project will analyse how it worked in the very different political cultures of the teeming new democracies of India and Sri Lanka. These two critical South Asian countries became independent in the late 1940s and though individually having different contexts share constitutional and institutional resemblances, thanks to their Westminster legacy, that will allow a valuable study. The results of this research on Britain's political influence on these vital South Asian nations will offer original analysis and crucial new and previously unpublished information on post independent India and Sri Lanka.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Mr Harshan Kumarasingham Visiting Fellow Institute of Commonwealth Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London