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How did the British react when the Indian National Congress was founded? Why did their attitude change later?

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When the Indian National Congress was founded, the attitude of the British Government was very friendly and sympathetic. Lord Dufferin, the Viceroy also favoured the foundation of the Congress because he felt that this All India Party (Indian National Congress) would act as a safety valve for release of popular discontentment to safeguard the British interest in India.
The sympathetic attitude of the British Government changed later when the Congress began to demand more rights for the people and also when they saw the growth of Nationalism. The Britishers began to criticise the Congress leaders and branded them as ‘Disloyal Babus, Seditious Brahmins and Violent Villians.’

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