Addendum

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Addendum


Generally change of ofFicial language in the conquered territories is the requirement of any foreign administration. Abolition of Persian as the ofFicial language in the Sub-Continent was a gradual process. It was not and could not be implemented by one stroke of pen as it involved large manpower of English knowing employees and translation of records into English by persons having command on both the languages. The similar steps were taken under 'Abd al-Malik b. Marwan, the Umayyad Caliph (685-705 A.D.).

Since 1813 there was a controversy in the Compnay's administration about supporting western education or oriental one. It was settled by the legal member of the governor-general's executive council, Thomas Babington Macaulay's famous minute in 1835.

Hence in 1835, through a brief resolution, translation of English books into Sanskrit and Arabic was immediately discontinued. …

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