The Mutiny brought about far reaching changes in the character of the Indian administration and the future development of the country. After the Mutiny, the Eat India Campany lost its power and the Government of India was brought under Crown. The Governor-General received the title of Viceroy who became responsible to the Secretary of State in London.
The Queen’s Proclamation (November 1, 1858) promised religious tolerance, guaranteed the rights of the Indian princes, and pledged equal treatment to her subjects Indians and Europeans. The Proclamation also promised moral and matarial improvement of the Indian people. The Proclamation was followed by the Indian Councils Act of 1861 in which Indiana for the first time were to be nominated to the newly created Legislative Councils.