Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries

A.G. Noorani

in India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070689
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081202 | DOI:
Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries

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The two treaties of March 1846 settled the status of Jammu & Kashmir and made ‘the British Government’ the sole arbiters of ‘the limits of the territories’. Four months later, in July 1846, the British launched a determined effort to define those ‘limits’. Two questions arise. Why the tearing hurry? And, what terms of reference did the initiators have in mind when they embarked on the exercise? This chapter considers the deliberations on policy and diplomacy recorded in official records which reveal the factors that pressed themselves at the given moment upon the policy-makers in London, Calcutta, then capital of British India, and Simla, where the Viceroy resided during the summer.

Keywords: treaties of March 1846; Kashmir; territorial limits; diplomacy; diplomatic policy

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