Spying for the Raj

The talk tells the story of the Indian Pundits who were sent by the Raj, in disguise as traders or Buddhist monks, beyond the Himalaya to spy on Russian troop movements and to map uncharted territories. For personal prestige, the opportunity of employment or the sheer love of adventure, the Pundits displayed an extraordinary dedication to their British employers. They mapped the Himalaya, Tibet and surrounding areas with remarkable precision, thereby helping British India to gain a knowledge of territories beyond India’s borders and protect the Empire from the threat of invasion.

Presented by Jules Stewart, a former Reuters correspondent who turned to authorship in 2004 and has since published ten books, mostly on military history, but also  biographies of Madrid and New York.


12 October 2016

Where: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1

Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before.

Tickets: Free. Members and their guests only

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Report back on the Society Tour to Jordan

Where: 7.00 pm start at Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 - between Euston Station and Euston Square tube.

Tickets: Members and their guests only

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