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To a public servant, Punjab was an exciting and challenging place to be during the period 1881-1921. Even a fairly cursory examination of the doings of the Punjab Commission would reveal that many talented Irishmen had important roles to play in the first seventy years of British rule in Punjab. There were less significant contributions by Irishmen to the history of the area such as King's delineation and surveying of the Durand Line and Robert Warburton's peacekeeping on the Khyber Pass. With regard to India's internal politics at a crucial time of transition, all the Irishmen were prominent and the actions of some, particularly Michel O'Dwyer, were to have profound effects on Indian and Punjabi history. Irishmen made contributions to varied aspects of culture and society in Punjab, from Bruce's authorship of a Baluchi dictionary to Max Macauliffe's work on the sacred books of the Sikhs.

Servants of the empire

The Irish in Punjab, 1881–1921


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