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'File 9/3 Indian business interests in Bahrain and the Gulf' [‎44r] (87/132)

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The record is made up of 1 file (64 folios). It was created in 11 Aug 1932-25 Apr 1949. 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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3* The above figures do not of course exhibit in any way
the profits made in India from exports to the States comprising
the Bahrain Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. * Exports to Bahrain alone from India have
risen from Ha* 42 lakhs in 1933-34 to Bs* 64 lakhs in 1938-39*
The figure was actually Rs 70 lakhs in 1937-38 but included a
very high total for specie. I do not have here information
to enable me to estimate the profit^ made in India on this
total of exports, but it cannot be inconsiderable, and, I might
add, might very well be increased. These figures too take no
account of exports to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. . It would be impossible
in present circumstances to discover what proportion of the
Rs 40 or ^0 lakhsf worth of goods said to be re-exported from
Dubai and other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ports annually into Persia is
of Indian origin, but this too cannot be a negligible figure*
4* That my estimates for Bahrain are not exaggerated is
' sufficiently evident from the volume of remittances to India
through the Bank and through the Post Office* The Eastern
Bank has remitted to India in the last 21 months just over
Rs 1 crore, while money orders issued by the Post Office on
India average well over Rs 4 lakhs per annum*
5* It is interesting also to note that the number of
British Indians registered in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. has increased from
460 in 1930 to 1560 in 1938. That this number will increase
I am firmly convinced. Oil prospects in Qatar now seem quite
good and when the war■is over there is bound to be development

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The file contains correspondence sent and received by 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. at Bahrain concerning how to improve the Indian trade in the Gulf and how to increase it to the detriment of the Japanese trade, providing that India can supply similar goods at competitive prices.

The file contains information on the cost of Indian workforce in Bahrain and Qatar, which is gathered from the following correspondents: the Eastern Bank Limited; Petroleum Concessions LTD; Mesopotamia Persia Corporation; Gray, Mackenzie & Company Limited; Imperial Airways; the Government of Bahrain; the American Mission Hospital; Cable and Wireless Limited; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave and Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Ruler of Qatar.

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1 file (64 folios)
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The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There are file notes at the end, on folios 57-65. The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file.

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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 66; 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 2-47; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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