The Garden of India: Or Chapters on Oudh History and Affairs (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Garden of India: Or Chapters on Oudh History and Affairs

Wusi'il Khan, formerly a Tahsildar on the estate, but re cently promoted for long and faithful services to the im portant post Of confidential manager and adviser to its master, or, as it pleases him to be called, Wazir of the Raj. Ghair Insaf Ali speaks English not unfluently, wears patent leather shoes, Offers us champagne and cigars - which, it being early in the day, we decline - discusses the last debate of the British Indian Association, the draft of the Oudh Revenue Bill, and the situation in Turkey, with equal depth and vivacity, and altogether deports himself in a manner becoming an intelligent young native nobleman. It is need less to add that he is a warm admirer of Lord Beaconsfield's Eastern policy, but deprecates the amalgamation of Oudh with the North Western Provinces as likely to be injurious to the interests of his order. He has been sagacious enough to recognise the fact that he lives in a talking and a writing age. Therefore he takes a prominent part in the debates of the anjuman-i-hind, and judiciously works the Laluckabad Chronicle. These are qualities which an appreciative Govern ment is not slow to honour, and its approbation has recently been signalised by the appointment of Ghair Inséf Ali to be an Honorary Assistant Commissioner.

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