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India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947$
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A.G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070689.001.0001

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Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries

Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries

(p.20) 2 Defining Ladakh’s Boundaries
India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947

A.G. Noorani

Oxford University Press

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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