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- DescriptionA pundit (or pandit) is a Hindu Brahmin who has memorised a substantial portion of the Hindu scriptures. In the second half of the nineteenth century, however, the term was used to dete native surveyors, who explored regions to the rth of India for the British Raj. The British initially sent army officers to map these countries, but the task was fraught with danger. In the 1860s, Captain Thomas Montgomerie realised that the solution was to train natives from Indian border states to be surveyors, and have them explore the region covertly. These men, kwn as pundits, were disguised as traders or lamas (holy men). This is the first book devoted to these servants of the Raj who managed to map the Himalayas, Tibet and surrounding areas with remarkable precision, thereby helping the British to consolidate their rule in the Indian sub-continent.
- Author BiographyJULES STEWART is a freelance journalist, formerly with Reuters. He is the author of The Khyber Rifles and lives in London.
- Author(s)Jules Stewart
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication20/04/2006
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSutton Publishing Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight500 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine10 mm
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