what is the doctrine of lapse?explaination

ACCORDING TO DOCTRINE OF LAPSE,IF A KING HAD NO MALE SUCCESSOR THEN HIS KINGDOM WOULD LAPSE AND BECOME A PART OF EAST INDIA COMPANY.THIS SYSTEM WAS INTRODUCED BY LORD DALHOUSIE.

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It was the brainchild of Lord Dalhousie and stated that a ruler's empire would pass into the british hands if the ruler died without a natural succesor .Stara Sambhalpur and Jhans were annexed under this policy.

 

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