Publication: Gilgit The Northern Gate of India
Author: Fida Muhammad Husnain
Year of Publication: 1978
Published by: S.K. Ghai, Managing Director, Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd.
AB/9 Safdarjang Enclave, New Delhi
As Lord Curzon, the then British Viceroy of India described, “Gilgit is one of the northern gates of India, through which a would-be invader must advance, if he advances at all.”
Important Topics of Book:
- The unique geographical position of Gilgit as a Northern Gate of India in British era.
- The importance of northern areas as a strategic region which was a meeting ground of close neighbors like China, Russia, Afghanistan and India.
- How did the British government encourage the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir to occupy the self-rule northern areas to protect the British interest and then use the area for spying of neighboring countries and keeping an eye on Russian move towards Afghanistan and India.
- The appointments of political agents and establishment of Gilgit Agency.
- The administration and infra structure details like development plans, routes, and communications of northern areas of India.
- The Dogra invasions and Gilgit Memorandum
- Relations of Maharaja with Hunza Nagar, Dir and Chilas.
- Sanads, agreements, treaties with chiefships and state rulers.
- The Dogra’s agreement with Chitral and the British intervention.
- Military Establishment and Imperial Service Troops.
- The Making of Frontier.
- Gilgit Scouts.
- Freedom struggle.
- Lease of Gilgit.
- End of the British Rule
- Retrocession of Gilgit
- Rebellion and accession to Pakistan.
Northern Gate of India
Revolution in Gilgit