British Secret Police
GATHERED BY THE BRITISH SECRET POLICE
KEPT IN INDIA OFFICE RECORDS
A note for the readers.
Whatever we may think of the British Raj, we have to admire their record keeping. India Office Library, London keeps files by their secret police on Savarkar and others. These were explored by Late Mukund Sonapatki over a long period from 1968 to 1980. He had to make notes in pencil. As computers became more easily available, VS Godbole, London typed all his notes for posterity. The work is by no means finished. If some one has time they can go to India Office Library (now at 3rd floor, British Library, Euston Road, London) and carry further research so that we can know more about our past.
Persons mentioned in the files.
After the unsuccessful Indian War of Independence of 1857-59, the British crown took over administration of India from the hands of the (English) East India Company. The British Cabinet included a Secretary of State for India who controlled the affairs of India through the Viceroy (in India). The secretary of State for India had his office in the building called The India Office (now Foreign and Commonwealth Office) which is behind the famous Downing Street. He had his own Council of advisers. These were mostly retired ICS officers or Indian Army Officers.
We find the following on such a council
Sir Arthur Godley, K.C.B – Under Secretary of State for India
Sir William Lee-Warner, K.C.S.I – Vice President of the Council
Sir John Edge, K.C
Lt Col Sir W H Wyllie, K C I E, M V O. – Political A.D.C to Secretary of State for India.
Others mentioned are- R. Ritchie, Sir Charles Elliott, Sir Charles Lyall,
Research is needed about these persons.