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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎94r] (187/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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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(iii) Mr. G.C. Littler, His Majesty's Consul-
General, Basrah, and Mrs. Littler arrived in Bahrain
on the 9th and left on the 20th. They stayed at
the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
(iv) On the 13th Mr. CoS. Jha, O.B.E., I.C.S.,
and Mr. Mohammed Habib, arrived in Bahrain by a chartered
aeroplane. They are visiting Bahrain and Kuwait on
behalf of the Dominion of India and have as their object
the preservation and strengthening of the economic and
commercial ties which exist between the two Sheikhdoms and
India. On the 14th they called on His Highness Shaikh
Salman at Rafa' and presented him with an address. His
Highness received them with a guard of honour and pre
sented them with an Arab sword and a set each of Arab
ceremonial dress. On the 15th His Highness returned
their call at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
Messrs. Jha and Habib also visited Awali
where they discussed the employment of Indians by the
Bahrain Petroleum Company with Mr. Russell Brown, General
Manager of the Company and Mr. Grisewood, the Labour
Superintendent, and inspected the Refinery and Indian
living quarters. They met separately Indian employees
of the Bahrain Petroleum Company and Indian merchants
from Manamah.
265. LO CAL AFFAI RS.
(i) A1 K hal ifa h.
- Reference paragraph 255 (i) of Intelligence
Summary No.19.
On the 10th Shaikh Abdullah bin Isa returned
from Kuwait.
(ii) A round robin signed by a large number of the
A1 Khalifah shaikhs and addressed to His Highness Shaikh
Salman asking him for increases in allowances has led to
a real family row. The Shaikh as usual when his pocket
threatens to be affected became incensed, and condemned
his relations, with indeed a good deal of truth, as vi
cious and useless parasites - not that that really upsets
him but he genuinely objects to unconcealed vice. He
has not so far given any notice to the request for in
creases but relations are very strained. The incident^. 1
is symptomatic of the unfortunate social and economic
consequences of the monetary inflation following the
pouring of oil royalties into an area, the inhabitants of
which do not know how to spend them.
(iii) R ace Meeting .
The Winter Race Meeting on the 10th was held j
in good weather and provided a card of six events. It -
was largely attended, among those present being His Excel
lency 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. and Lady Hay, His Highness
Shaikh Salman, Sir Evan Jenkins, Mr. Bertram Thomas Mr.
Littler, British Consul - Gene-rh 1, Basrah, and Mrs. Littler,
Mr. C.D. Belgrave, Adviser to the Bahrain Government, and
Mrs. Belgrave, the 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. , and the Assistant
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. and Mrs. Hudson.
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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 1948. 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:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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