A Week in Lahore

Civil and Military Gazette, 21 May 1884
  • Thomas Pinney


One of the main objects of Lord Ripon’s vice-regal administration was to encourage local self-government in Indian cities. The policy met with predictable suspicion and dislike among English administrators, fully shared by Kipling: they called the idea ‘lokil sluff’, in derision of the native pronunciation of the phrase ‘local self-government’. Nevertheless, Lahore was one of the cities to elect natives to its municipal council. Here Kipling describes what the elections were like. The Tribune, referred to towards the end of the sketch, was a native weekly paper in Lahore.


Indian City Municipal Council Ward Election Deputy Commissioner Judicial Assistant 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1986

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