Scandals in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, often revolving around underestimated military debt or corrupt gifts given to governors, helped establish the British Raj by making way for new leaders with new scandals and keeping the Company on their toes. The first major scandal surrounded Robert Clive and a “jaghire” from Mir Jafar, which he refused to give up. He held claim to his power began the corruption of the government. His even bigger problem was that his antiexpantionalist opinions were in conflict with the amount of military debt he amassed by claiming new lands for the Company. While all of this seems negative and “scandalous” it brought more money and power to the Company in the end and Parliament cleared Clive of wrongdoing (making way for more scandal). After his suicide, Warren Hastings came into play in 1773 as governor general. His main problem was his greatest enemy, Philip Francis who befriended Edmund Burke in England and the two made it their mission to take Hastings down. Here we see corruption fighting corruption, Burke and Francis attempting to ruin a man for no solid reason, and yet Hastings for taking more power than he was due and fighting the Awadh and Marathas when unnecessary. He also took “presents” from wealthy nabobs. The scandals are what gave Burke political power in the first place. His mission became one of ridding the Company of scandal, and therefor ridding the Company of Hastings. These scandals achieved giving even greater power to the general under the India Act of 1784. Scandal was engraved in the British Raj and heightened as scandals make way for new ones, “public scandals become ritual moments in which the sacrifice of the reputation of one or more individuals allows many more to continue their scandalous ways.” This one quote shows how important scandals were in the British Raj, because they could never form a functioning Company/government without them, as the governors often saw themselves as more important than the other “races” they ruled over. The Company was mocked for allowing cultural practices like hookswinging and widow-burning to continue in the early 1800’s, yet another scandal that put their skin tone even higher than the native residents. The British Raj’s elite saw themselves deserving of the land, special treatment, and jaghires and so they never could see their own wrongdoings.