Lot#63 || INDICTMENT OF PATIALA
9.75 x 6.50 x 0.50 in
₹ 5,000 -
Bombay: The General Secretaries, The All India States’ People’s Conference,1939
pp. 24 + 10 + 10 + 184 + 126 + 7 plates [total pp. 354]
A rare document since every effort was made to suppress it as Maharaja Bhupinder Singh [1891-1938], against whom this report was directed, had died just before it came out.
A scathing indictment of the “tyrannical” rule of the then Maharaja of Patiala, the report was
addressed to the Viceroy and involved details of the maltreatment of state prisoners, kidnappings, prison deaths, murders, setting up a bomb factory to concoct evidence against the Maharaja of Nabha, harassment and seizure of properties of his subjects for not sending their wives to the palace, inhuman torture, ruinous consequences of the maharaja’s shikar parties, non-refund of war loans, misappropriation of funds, plunder and exploitation, and much more.