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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Reports' [‎47r] (93/146)

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The record is made up of 1 file (71 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1946-31 Dec 1946. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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The Bahrain Government have discovered
that much of the liquor consumed by people without permits
is manufactured locally. This illicit liquor is sold at
between Rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. 25 and 30 a bottle, and is manufactured by
members of the local Persian community.
(ii) ^ The Bahrain Government have also discover
ed that there is an increasingly large demand for narcotics
in Bahrain. ^There had always been a certain amount of traffi
in opium, which was smuggled in from Persia and sold to
Chinese crews^of ships calling at Bahrain. Most of the
present traffic, however, is in hashish, charas, and kanja,
and the greatest consumers are Bahrainis. Hashish and charar
are brought to Bahrain by the Indian crews of British India
Steam Navigation vessels and sold to regular buyers who go
out to^the steamers disguised as coolies A term used to describe labourers from a number of Asian countries, now considered derogatory. or launch crew.
Kanja is brought by dhows from Muscat and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates.
and smuggled into Bahrain by the crews. All three narcotics
are sold for approximately Rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. 20 a tola.
22 ships (13 British, 7 American, 1
Norwegian, and 1 Italian) called at Bahrain during the period
under report. Imports were 1642 tons of general cargo and
194 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Exports were
167,200 tons of petroleum.
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Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1946. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

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1 file (71 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 73; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-73; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Reports' [‎47r] (93/146), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/317, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 April 2024]

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