What were the main causes of deforestation in India during the British rule ?

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asked Mar 22, 2018 in Class IX Social Science by priya12 (-11,078 points)
What were the main causes of deforestation in India during the British rule ?

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answered Mar 22, 2018 by aditya23 (-151 points)
The main causes of deforestation were the following:

The British encouraged the production of commercial crops like jute, sugar, wheat and cotton. The production of foodgrains was needed to feed the growing urban population and raw material was required for British industries in Britain.
The British thought that forests were unproductive. They were of the view that space covered with forests could be used for cultivation which could fetch them revenue and enhance the’ income of the state also.
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answered Jan 25 by Mahak khurana Basic (24 points)
Main causes of deforestation are:

1. Increase in population
2. Britishers turned forest into agricultural land for
    revenue
3. Demand for commercial crops
4. Export of timber from India
5. Spread of railways

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