Kharita from Partap Singh
to the Viceroy
July 25, 1888
Legal Document No
The Government of India have decided to accept in principal the scheme
which His Highness has put forward, and your own alternative proposals
have for the present been set aside. In coming to this conclusion the Governor-General
in Council has not overlooked the fact that the Maharaja's Scheme is open
to many objections and that partly on account of His Highness's personal
character and partly for other reasons, it is not unlikely to prove a failure.
But before sanctioning any measures which would have the effect, directly
or indirectly, of taking all power out of the Maharaja's hand, the Government
of India have felt that it would be just and right to allow the Maharaja
a further opportunity of showing whether he is competent to discharge the
duties of a responsible ruler. If after full and fair trial it becomes
evident that he is wholly incapable of conducting the administration of
the State the proposals which you have submitted will be reconsidered.
In the meantime I am to ask you to afford the Maharaja every assistance
in your power with regard to the reorganisation of his Council and all
other matter upon which he may consult you. The Governor-General in Council
does not desire you to press upon him your own views as to these matters.
You should understand that the responsibility for the success or failure
of the present experiment will rest upon the Maharaja, and your aim should
be to meet his wishes in every possible mender, not refusing your advice
when His Highness asks for it, but avoiding any course of action which
might prevent him from feeling that the Government of India desire to allow
him the fullest opportunity of proving his fitness. You should help His
Highness as much as possible in doing this, but you should not insist upon
the advantage of any measure which he disapproves, however desirable it
may seem to be in his own interests.
You will notice that the Government of India have declined to permit
the employment of Babu Nilambar Mukerji as member of Council in charge
of the revenue administration. If the Maharaja should raise the question
of employing him in any other capacity, you may inform His Highness that
the Government of India do not consider it desirable that the Babu should
return to Kashmir. With reference to the question of principle where the
Maharaja is at liberty to employ Native British subjects without the consent
of the British Government, you should give His Highness to understand that
the interpretation of the treaty of 1846 with regard to this point is no
longer open to discussion. The Government of India desire to give the Maharaja
all possible assistance, and he trill always find them willing to place
at his disposal the services of competent British Officials; but they must
maintain their right to be consulted before any British subjects receive
employment within the State.
The enclosed kharita points out to the Maharaja the urgent necessity
for a thorough examination in to the condition of tine Kashmir finances.
This is evidently a point of the greatest importance, and you should use
your influence to bring it to the special notice of His Highness and his