The Indian Political Service also served as residents of British India. They acted as senior officials of the British administration, who were positioned in the capital of the Princely States of India, and conducted consular duties, liaison functions and maintained political contacts with local monarchs, nizams, Maharajas, sultans, nawabs, chiefs and others. These Indian Political Service officers of the British East India Company took up residence in a princely state and conducted several official diplomatic functions that aided in the British indirect rule. They were also responsible for making the Indian Prince to sustain the association and alliance.
The Indian Political Service officers had various functions which included intervening in succession disputes, forming diplomatic alliances with other states and advising in governance. Further more they ensured that the native ruler did not retain military forces, but only for internal policing. The officers also tried to develop the Indian princely states by propagation of British concept and philosophy of progressive government.
Indian Political Service Officers
The names of the Indian Political Service Officers who also served as British Residents are mentioned as follows-
* Arnold Wilson
* Arthur Meek
* Basil Gould
* Charles Aitchison Smith
* Kenneth O'Connor
* Norval Mitchell
* Percy Cox
* Ralph Griffith
* Sir Edward Bradford, 1st Baronet
* William Francis Frederick Waller
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