Who Introduce the Doctrine of Lapse? If
Lord Dalhousie introduced the doctrine of lapse whereby in the absence of the natural heir, the sovereignty of Indian states to lapse to British. Lord Dalhousie was the Governor General of East India Company in India (1848 -1856). Under the policy of “Doctrine of Lapse” when a ruler of dependent state died childlessly, the right of ruling over the State reverted or ‘Lapsed’ to the sovereign. It was annexation war of Dalhousie.