By Raleigh Trevelyan

Again hide: The Golden Oriole is a trip booklet, a memoir, and a background. Recounting 5 trips to India, Raleigh Trevelyan blends descriptions of current -day India along with his own reminiscences of existence there fifty years in the past and the bills of his well-known ancestors-civil servants, authors, and guests in India because the starting of the 19th century. the result's a special and brilliant landscape of the British adventure in India.

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Kashmir- or Kashmir and Jam mu as it was known- formed a selfgoverning state under the Maharajah, Hari Singh, who had his summer headquarters at Srinagar and went for the winter to Jammu, which was on the borders of the Punjab. The British kept a Resident, Heb's immediate boss, at Srinagar. Hari Singh had only recently become Maharajah and was in an anti-British mood because of a much publicized sex scandal, the 'Mr A. Case'. In 1929 he was trying forlornly to recover control of the entire Agency from the British; in fact in 19 3 5, because of fresh British fears of Russian influence in Sinkiang, he was to be forced to hand over the Gilgit Wazarat on a sixty-year lease.

He was a Hindu, but most of his subjects were Muslims. In Gilgit they were chiefly Sunni Muslims with a few Shiahs, though the majority of the shopkeepers were Hindus and Sikhs. The people ofHunza, the Hunzakuts, belonged mainly to the Ismaili sect and were followers of the Aga Khan. In Gilgit the local language was Shina, but in Hunza they spoke Burushaski, which had no known roots or comparisons with other languages. The Gilgitis had quite fair skins and sometimes reddish hair and hazel eyes.

More tribal unrest in addition to suspicious manoeuvres by the Russians, particularly in Hunza, induced the British not only to reestablish the Agency, but to send a combined force of British, Kashmiri-Dogra, Sikh and Gurkha troops against both Hunza and Nagar in 1891-2. Meanwhile a British Resident had been established at Srinagar, and Pratab Singh was temporarily deposed. By 1901, the British had fully reorganized the civil and military administration of the Gilgit Agency, and the situation vis-a-vis the Wazarat and the other districts was much as it was when we arrived in 1929.

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