East India Company had no shareholders. It was privately owned by rich greedy people and the UK government did not mind taxes it generated. Those were a bunch of ruffians who came to India to extort things. EIC called itself a sovereign so it did not owe any taxes to Indian government. Ironically, EIC copied from Dutch India Company. The Dutch India Company was running Taliban style poppy planting operation in fertile Bengal. Those guys would even burn excess crop yields to lower supplies and keep narcotics prices high in Europe.Motive of east India Company too was same. Only their means where bit outdated
by 1857, queen took over after that. Even after 1947 British ensured their interests were well looked after. Then we had Emperor, Nawabs and Kings gifting them one fortune after another and Now we have there counterparts doing same thing, Narinder Modi, Mallaya and Nirav Modi.
All are helping London to be more rich.
India was probably a drag on the British Empire. If the British were any smarter, they should have given up nation-building and even governance and left India alone. I think Indians "trapped" the British into "Make in India" operations and the British Empire dismantled because of it.
Today's companies that operate in India have shares that even Indians can buy so if those companies make money then Indians benefit as well. These companies pay taxes to the Indian government for profits that are generated in India.