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The Doctrine of Lapse was an annexation policy created by Lord Dalhousie (Governor-General for East India Company from 1848-1856).
According to the doctrine, any of the princely independent states of India would be annexed to the British Empire if they died without a natural born heir. The child couldn't be adopted or a girl.
Tanjore, Nagpur and Jhansi were annexed by this method.

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The Doctrine of Lapse was an annexation policy purportedly devised by Lord Dalhousie, who was the Governor General for the East India Company in India between 1848 and 1856.
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