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From the British Library, London

Part 3: Punjab, Agra, Oudh, Rajputana and Central Provinces, c1868-1896

Part 3 provides weekly precis, extracts and reports from a wide range of different Indian newspapers for the period 1868-1896 (please see list of over 180 titles under Digital Guide). Covering both the Anglo-Indian and Vernacular press, there is good material on:

  • the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny
  • the formation of the Indian National Congress and the use of the press by the Indian intelligentsia
  • anti-British protest
  • Lytton, Ripon and the repeal of the Vernacular Press Act
  • conditions in key cities such as Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Cawnpore, Oudh, Allahabad and Benares as well as in rural areas.

The North Western Provinces (previously the presidency of Agra) and the kingdom of Oudh are covered in full. In 1877 the Northwestern Provinces and Oudh were united under a single adminstration (which became known as the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh in 1902, shortened to the United Provinces in 1912).

This material comprises an excellent resource for studying social and political events, conditions and the treatment of the local populations, press comment and public opinion, criticisms of the government and the development of nationalist sentiments. The typewritten reports are organised chronologically and divided under various subject headings to facilitate the research of different topics such as:

  • Political and Foreign News
  • Police, the courts, the jails, local government, new legislation, the land and the railways.
  • Education.
  • Agriculture and Trade
  • Social conditions and living standards.

The material is well indexed throughout.

Digital Guide
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