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'Administration Report of the Persian Gulf for the Year 1938' [‎14v] (28/60)

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The record is made up of 1 file (28 folios). It was created in 1939. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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YEAR 1938.
1. General Situation. —The situation remained undisturbed throughout
the year but the rate of progress in the development of this Province which
was so marked a feature in previous years slowed down considerably owing
largely no doubt to the constant change and transfer of responsible officials.
The boycott of foreigners showed no sign of abatement.
The cost of living continued to rise, official salaries remained the same and
corruption spread ever depper.
2. Tribal Affairs. —The Qashgai and Khamseh tribes have apparently
been cowed and the only trouble which occurred was amongst the Boir
Ahmadi, whose grievances however were more economic than political. The
dispatch of 400 troops from Shiraz in July was sufficient to restore order.
Tribesmen disturbed by the prospect of forced settlement in unhealthy
districts continued to emigrate to Arabia and it is estimated that 10,000
left in the course of the year.
The order that tribal shepherds should substitute white tents for black
tents was observed in the neighbourhood of Shiraz by spreading white
material over the traditional goats' hair.
Tribal settlement, previously under military control, was placed in the
hands of a civilian director, Aqa-i-Azam Quds, a former mullah.
3. Security. —Public security continued to be well maintained in spite of
reports of the corrupt practices of the road guards.
Two isolated cases were reported of lorries being looted on the road but
the shooting of the bandits concerned had a salutary affect.
A few burglaries occurred on the outskirts of Shiraz but these were almost
certainly the work of amateur cracksmen from the barracks.
4. Local Administration. —The new territorial division of the 7th Ustan
comprises not only the old province of Ears but also a strip of coast including
Bushire and a portion of the Ahwaz Consular District round Behbehan.
As a result of the purge which followed the judicial investigation into the
scandals of the Dowlatshahi regime all high officials in the administration
were replaced.
Mohammad Ibrahim Alam (Shoukat-ul-Mulk), who had a reputation for
integrity, the successor of Dowlatshahi, remained as Ustandar until October
when he left for Tehran and was not replaced before the end of the year.
Aqa-i-Ali Naqi Hoshyar, formerly Assistant Governor was appointed
Earmandar under the new scheme of administration, and acted for the Us
tandar when he left.
Aqa-i-Abdul Hussein Shabdiz, who became head of the municipality on
the imprisonment of Aqa-i-Ali Asghar, Soheily, left for Tehran in July and
did not return. His place was taken by Aqa-i-Nasrullah Sepehri.
The Chief of Police Sarhang Raufi, was transferred to Tehran and replaced
by Sarhang Shaikh-ul-Islami from Zinjan.
5. Military Affairs. —General Zandieh, the former Officer Commanding
of the Ears division, and a colonel Sa'adi were found guilty by a military tri
bunal of robbery and conniving at the murder of the Munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. Bashi of the
Qawam-ul-Mulk and handed over to the civil authorities for further proceed
ings. They are said to have enventually been sentenced to 15 years imprison
ment, but this has not been confirmed.
Eollowing the enquiries of the same tribunal into the lucrative activities
of the former Commanding Officer and the scandals in general of the Dowlat
shahi regime, all officers in command of regiments in the Ears division were
exchanged and the present Commanding Officer, General Amidi, completed
the purge by transferring some seventy others.

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The file consists of Administration Report of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. for the Year 1938 (New Delhi: Government of India Press, 1939).

The Report is divided into sections relating to the various agencies, consulates, and other regions that made up the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . There is a review of the year by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at the start of the Report. The Report includes lists of British personnel and foreign representatives; lists of British interests; details of local administration; military and naval matters; aviation; political matters; manumission; trade and commerce; shipping statistics; medical reports; meteorological details; notable events; oil; and related information.

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1 file (28 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the Report, f. 3.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 30 on the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, enclosed in a circle, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio.

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