It is estimated that over 200 million Indian people were slaughtered during Muslim invasion and conquer of their country, and the looting of all their wealth, replacing local rulership with a Muslim and Islamic one. The docile nature of the people and scattered kingdoms lacking unity, made Indian’s an easy target for Muslim brutality.
Muslims continued to slaughter over 90 million Indians over a period of 800 years while they occupied India. While murdering the men, Muslims enslaved Indian women and children, subjecting them to hard labor, rape and sodomy. When they had used them, they would simply kill and replace them. India’s only chance to get out from Islamic rule came with British traders who traveled to India to arrange for a commercial treaty which would give the Company exclusive rights to reside and build factories in Surat and other areas., who heard of British traders negotiate sole trade agreements in his country in competition against French traders. The British traders traded mainly in cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium. The traders were promised land and free trade if they would remove Islamic rule in India. Britain came to develop a 350-year trade relation with India, which eventually lead to British rule of India for 100 years.
The British directly ruled two thirds of India; the rest was under indirect rule by the above-mentioned princes under the considerable influence of British representatives, such as Residents, at their courts. The title of Maharaja was not as common before the gradual British colonization of India, upon and after which many Rajas and otherwise styled Hindu rulers were elevated to Maharajas, regardless of the fact that scores of these new Maharajas ruled small states.