I had read a bit about how tactical the British were, about the process of colonization of India. But this just blew me away.
My personal opinion — I think he got what he wanted. A majority of the self-esteem is now gone. Anything western is good in this culture of today. If it is our own culture, then it is ancient, traditional, or too conservative. Sad. It is brilliant, how this guy strategized about this about 150 years back !