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Microfilm No. 1

Sir Richard Tottenham


Book I:

  • Ch.1. Voyage to India 1914.
  • Ch.2. Madras, calling etc., social life.
  • Ch.3. Coimbatore as Assistant Collector 1915; Government organization; training with his first D.O.; escorts the Governor, Lord Pentland on inspection tour; annual stock-taking.
  • Ch.4. Recreations and diversions.
  • Ch.5. Training in survey and land settlement at Madura.
  • Ch.6. Sub-collector of the Pollachi Division of the Coimbatore district; comment on lack of personal contact between the Government and leaders of Congress.
  • Ch.7. Assistant Resident Travancore and Cochin; life in Government circles, Trivandrum.
  • Ch.8. Cliques Tuticorin; Ireland 1920.
  • Ch.9. Madras 1921-1924, as Private Secretary to Lord Willingdon for a month; Under Secretary in the Public Department in Madras; description of Ootamacund; Annie Besant in Madras.
  • Ch.10. Description of Public Department Madras; the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1922; under Lord Reading’s sponsorship considered by most ill-timed; personal opinion of the visit; Moplah rebellion begun 1921 – description and comments; Moplah train tragedy.

Book II:

  • Ch.11. Delhi and Simla 1924-25. Transferred on special duty in the Army Department of the Government to look into the questions of Cantonment lands; description Simla life and Delhi life; his work.
  • Ch.12. 1926-46. Works in Secretariat, first as Deputy Secretary Army Department; 1930 secretary to the Indian Delegation to the Imperial Conference; 1932 secretary is the Army Department, later Defence Department; 1937 adviser on defence to the Indian Delegation to the Imperial Conference; 1939-45 Home Department of Government of India.
  • Ch.13. Work of the Imperial Conference described.
  • Ch.14. Army or Defence Department work described 1932-37. Bill converting Royal Indian Maritime into Royal Indian Navy.
  • Ch.15. The Legislative Assembly: defence forces always a favourite for attack; budgets; Indian members; debate on the Quetta earthquake.
  • Ch.16. President of the Council of State in the small Jat State of Bharatpur – the Maharaja; the Maharaja of Dholpur.
  • Ch.17. The Home Department: political movements; internal security; press relations; the Intelligence Bureau; police and jails. Comments on the Indian National Congress, its leader Mahatma Gandhi, and their attitude to the war; measures taken against them; publication of ‘Congress responsibility for the disturbances 1942-43’; ‘The Forward Bloc’ (Bose brothers); the Indian National Army; Congress Socialist Party; controversy over central and provincial control; police and jails; the Andaman Islands during the war.
  • Ch.18. Reorganization of the Government of India, November 1945 – April 1946. (not to do with political or constitutional changes). Independence.
  • Ch.19. Viceroys and commanders-in-chief: Lord Willingdon, Lord Linlithgow, Lord Wavell, Field Marshall Sir William Birdwood, Field Marshall Sir Philip Chetwode.
  • Ch.20. Other personalities: Sir Ernest Burdon, Army Secretary; Gerard Mackworth Young, Army Secretary; Sir James Grigg, Finance Member 1934-39; Sir Alan Parsons, Financial Commissioner to the Railway Board; Sir Bertrand Glancy, Political Department, eventually Governor of the Punjab; Sir Maurice Hallett, Home Secretary; Sir Reginald Maxwell, Home Member; M.A. Jinnah; Sri Prakasa; General Sir Kenneth Wigram; Field Marshall Lord Gort.
  • Ch.21. Sir Alexander Robert Loftus Tottenham (his cousin) 1897-1946. A brief biography, which gives a good picture of a Government officer’s life.
  • Ch.22. Delhi shooting (game).

Book III:

  • Ch.23. Bharatpur shooting (game).
  • Ch.24. Conclusion: after Independence; war graves; attitude towards Indians clarified and justified; the climatic problem of India; thoughts on race and colour.