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Beyond Rules And Regulations: Dehra Dun Under Frederick Shore

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Frederick John Shore was an active, disciplined and practical man, who became an independent and rather strong-willed executive within a few years of service in India. Helped by his enthusiasm to improve Dehra Dun, which he came to consider almost as his private estate, he quickly learned how to effectively get across his plans both to his Indian inferiors and to his British seniors. This chapter focuses on two of his aspects of his rule: his attitude towards the regulations and Indian agency. Without question, the intensive use of Indian agency had his preference. Everywhere, he looked for allies and agents in the valley itself, and he found them even among his convicts. In a number of cases, Shore took decisions not exactly according to the regulations, but guided by the local customs of the country, there being no other way to do justice.

Keywords: Dehra Dun; Frederick Shore; Indian agency; regulations



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