British-India (1805) and Nepal

Queen Elizabeth I had played her cards exceedingly well, she had betted all in upon Hon’ble East India Company. Up against her two Iberian rivals, she was a century behind but she was depending more upon her astuteness than those who were rolling in money gained from their recently acquired lands.

Portuguese had their visions clear; that theirs was a small country and couldn’t afford to send larger contingents abroad to hold the lands their maritime superiority had gained. So, every Portuguese sailor was advised to take foreign women to wife so that their offspring would be loyal to their fatherland yet adaptable to their motherland.

Spaniards, who were already busy rolling in tons of gold and silver bullions couldn’t be bothered, their nose was up in the air.

In India, among the European traders the French actually had the more advantageous position in the beginning. Had French Government given some credit to the man on the spot M. Joseph Dupleix and supported him with at least a few frigates with elements of French Artillery, the history and the map of the world would have been a very different one.

This map of India drawn by the Imperial Gazetteers in 1804 gives a perspective unfamiliar to moderrn cartographers worldwide. Please refer to the map of Nepaul (sic) above, which shows how Indian Princes co-operated with the British and allowed the British Field Armies to attack Nepal through their territories. When the Brits decided in 1947 to grant Independence to Bharat and Pakistan this map should have served as the reference point and returned to Nepal the territories they had unfairly usurped but apparently the Brits had some hidden agenda. The only man who could have enlightened the readers, Lord Mountbatten the last Viceroy, was assassinated in August 27, 1979 and if he ever recorded anything to solve this riddle hasn’t surfaced yet, perhaps he was the agenda. It must be reiterated here that the Brits had not defeated Nepal in battlefield but had coaxed them to sign a Treaty of Peace and Friendship and in addition agreed to indemnify Nepal for their war losses.

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