Lord Curzon in India: 1898-1903 (Google eBook)

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R.A. Everett & Company, 1903 - Great Britain - 143 pages
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Page 102 - I hope to assert more definitely during my time the Imperial responsibility of Government in respect of Indian antiquities, to inaugurate or to persuade a more liberal attitude on the part of those with whom it rests to provide the means, and to be a faithful guardian of the priceless treasure-house of art and learning that has, for a few years at any rate, been committed to my charge.
Page 87 - Bengal or elsewhere, is no protection against the incidence and consequences of famine. (2) That in areas where the State receives its land revenue from landlords, progressive moderation is the keynote of the policy of Government, and that the standard of 50 per cent, of the assets is one which is almost uniformly observed in practice, and is more often departed from on the side of deficiency than of excess. (3) That in the same areas the State has not objected, and does not hesitate, to interfere...
Page 63 - Guzerat, when cholera had disorganised the large works. Conditions are radically different at the beginning and at the height of a famine ; and a degree of firmness at the outset is essential, which would, at a later stage, be altogether out of place. If this be borne in mind, our policy will, on examination, prove to have been consistent throughout. On the one hand, we have set our face against indiscriminate and pauperising charity, and have endeavoured to insist on relief being administered with...
Page 120 - ... together so immense, and probably unprecedented, a concourse of the Indian peoples at the old Moghul capital in January next. His Majesty the King has already been happily crowned in England ; and he is as much already our King and Emperor as he was the day after the death of the late Queen-Empress. No ceremony can increase his titles or add to the legality of his position. Why then, it may be asked, should we have in India a celebration of his Coronation at all ? Public opinion has, I think,...
Page 89 - The true function of Government is to lay down broad and generous principles for the guidance of its officers, with becoming regard to the traditions of the province and the circumstances of the locality, and to prescribe moderation in enhancement and sympathy in collection.
Page 129 - ... the smallest effort to keep them alive themselves, or whether they are perishing from this apathy, or whether India merely provides, as I suspect, an illustration of a world-wide law, the fact remains that the process of extinction has not been carried nearly so far as many suppose, and that the artificers still exist in India, even in these days of commercial ideals and debauched taste, who are capable of satisfying the demand for the artistic and beautiful and rare, if such a demand there...
Page 24 - The control of the Persian Gulf by a foreign state of considerable naval potentiality, a fleet in being there based upon a strong military port, would reproduce the relations of Cadiz, Gibraltar, and Malta to the Mediterranean. It would flank all the routes to the Farther East, to India, and to Australia, the last two actually internal to the Empire regarded as a political system ; and although at present Great Britain unquestionably...
Page 73 - ... head of Protective works, ie works which will not pay, and which, inasmuch as they constitute a permanent financial burden on the State, can only be undertaken in exceptional cases, and then as a rule do very little towards the prevention of famine, we contemplate spending about 10 lakhs a year, and shall probably in this way about double the area of 300,000 acres which is covered by that character of work at the present time. It seems therefore that the total practicable increase to the irrigable...
Page 160 - CONTENTS Foods and Feeding; Watering; Air; Ventilation; Cleaning Stables; Temperature of Stable; Bedding; Disinfectants; Cleaning Harness Mountings, Stirrups, Bits, etc. ; Cleaning Rusty Bits; Cleaning Saddles; Cleaning Harness and Preservation of Same; List...
Page 73 - Indian river which ultimately discharges its waters into the sea is really so much agricultural wealth gone astray, which somehow or other the Government of India ought to have got hold of at an earlier stage, and turned into crops and gardens. Now I have had a very careful estimate made out for me of the extent of fresh ground in the whole of India which we are likely to be able to bring under cultivation, either by new irrigation projects, or by extensions of existing systems. Under the head of...

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