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  • The British monarch who could write Hindi and Urdu


    by Rumbold
    15th March, 2011 at 2:03 pm    

    I have been enjoying the latest research by Shrabani Basu into Queen Victoria and her relationship (almost certainly non-sexual) with her Indian tutor, a young Muslim named Abdul Karim who arrived in the UK aged 24:

    That Mr Karim inspired the empress of India could be seen not just by her newfound love of curry. Her eagerness to learn Urdu and Hindi because of his teaching was so strong that she even learned to write in both languages - and gave him a signed photo written in Urdu.

    She also used his briefings on political developments in India at the turn of the 19th Century to berate successive viceroys, her representatives in India - much to their displeasure - on measures they could have taken to reduce communal tensions. “At a time when the British empire was at its height, a young Muslim occupied a central position of influence over its sovereign,” Ms Basu said.

    He was sacked by her son Edward VII a few hours after her death, and efforts were made by the royal court to destroy all records of him.


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    1. Kismet Hardy — on 15th March, 2011 at 2:31 pm  

      It’s nice that the royal family still continue this tradition. Where would we Asians be today if it weren’t for Prince Charles’ polo pal ‘Sooty’ representing our place in the british monarchy so lovingly?

    2. Jemmy Hope — on 16th March, 2011 at 3:45 pm  

      Love that “ALMOST certainly non-sexual” (emphasis added).

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