Two more recent images. For spectacular early aerial photographs, see here.

A Central Board of Irrigation was constituted on 1st January 1927, with a provision that all schemes submitted to the Government of India would be laid before the Board. Below is the Board for 1930-1931.


Publication dated November 16th, 1933.

Introductory paragraph by Lord Islington.
Text excerpts below.

Further Excerpts.

A quotation, source mislaid: I like what Winston said when seated next to an American at dinner. It was in the late forties and Gandhi was very big. She said "Don't you British care at all about those poor Indians?" and Churchill answered her, "Which Indians do you mean madam ? Your American Indians, whom you virtually exterminated, stole all their lands and then confined to wretched reservations; or the Indians of India, which under British guidance has become one of the greatest nations of the earth with a vast system of railroads, courts, institutions of education and industry, and even its own police and army, and has been carefully prepared for independent government as a matter of policy."

This anecdote was also related by Earl Mountbatten of Burma, at the Fourth Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture, given in the University of Berne, 4th March 1970; see here.

      deyr fé   deyja frćndr
deyr sjálfr it sama
en orđstírr   deyr aldregi
hveim er sér góđan getr
kine die and kin die
you too will die; but
the name never dies
of him who wins fame
      deyr fé   deyja frćndr
deyr sjálfr it sama
ek veit einn   at aldri deyr
dómr um dauđan hvern
kine die and kin die
all men must die; but I
know what never dies:
how dead men are deemed

Hávamál; 10th century AD

"For now I see the true old times are dead,
And I, the last, go forth companionless,
And the days darken round me, and the years,
Among new men, strange faces, other minds."
"The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me?
I have liv'd my life ...."

Tennyson; 1869

See what comes of Empire-building ?
When we say that Britain once was master
Remember who it was that made her so
We're not forgetting it,
We're not letting it
Fade away and gradually die,
Fade away and gradually die.
Leslie Stuart; 1895
Indian Civil: A Silent Service

One thing I've never understood: --- how one good custom could corrupt the world.

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