British Indian Association

British Indian Association was a political organization in the 19th century in India.[1] Its rival was the Indian National Association.[2]


British Indian Association was established on 29 October 1851 in Kolkata, India with Radhakanta Deb as its first President.[3][4] The first general secretary of the association was Debendranath Tagore.[3] The association was exclusively composed of Indians and it worked towards increasing the welfare of Indians.[3] Its members included Kristo Das Pal, Peary Chand Mitra, and Ramgopal Ghosh.[3]

The British Indian Association placed a number of demands before the British parliament that included education of Indians, removing monopoly of the East India Trading Company, suppoort for Indian manufacturers, and inclusion of Indians in the civil service.[3] Their demands would later be adopted by the Indian National Congress.The British Indian Association seized operations in 1954 when the Zamindari system was abolished in India.[3]


  1. ^ Narain, V. A. (1968). "THE BRITISH INDIAN ASSOCIATION AND EDUCATION". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 30: 330–333. ISSN 2249-1937.
  2. ^ "Indian Association | political organization, India". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mahmood, ABM (18 June 2021). "British Indian Association, The". Banglapedia. Archived from the original on 2021-08-10. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  4. ^ "British Indian Association Archive". Endangered Archives Programme. Retrieved 2021-08-10.