Memorandum On Some Indian Questions; Prepared For The Right Honourable Lord Curzon Of Kedleston

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byJohn Murdoch

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... Appeal To The Princes, Nobles, And Zemindars Of India. Indian expectations from their sovereigns are expressed in the following well-known couplet: "The fruit of austerities, a kingdom, The fruit of a kingdom, hell." Their conduct was expected to be of such a character that one of the twenty-one hells of Hindu mythology was the only fitting retribution. There were some noble exceptions. Kama is the Hindu ideal sovereign. The Ramayana, which the ' four-faced Brahma certifies "not to contain an untruth," thus describes his reign: "Ten thousand years Ayodha blest With Rama's rule had peace and rest, Unknown were want, distress, and crime, So calm so happy was the time." But Rama's case was exceptional. Princes were brought up among women and eunuchs. They regarded the revenues of their kingdoms as their private property, to be spent on their pleasures or hoarded. They were above all law, and in a fit of passion, without trial, could order any of their subjects to be trampled to death by elephants. There have been a few drinking and horse-racing failures during the British period; but, on the whole, there has been a very marked improvement. There are Indian princes who take a warm and enlightened interest in the welfare of their subjects. Some made noble efforts for their subjects during the Famine. The influence of the late Mr. Macnaghten, Principal of the Kathiawar Rajkumar College, has been most beneficial. The surest way to promote one's own happiness is to seek the happiness of others. During the first year of the twentieth century, let the Princes, Nobles, and Zemindars of India follow the course recommended to the British Government. 1. Let a careful survey be made of the condition of their ryots. The average total amount and value of all the principal...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900. Excerpt: ... Appeal To The Princes, Nobles, And Zemindars Of India. Indian expectations from their sovereigns are expressed in the followin...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217865372

ISBN - 13:9780217865371

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