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A VIEW OF
THE SYSTEM OF ADMINISTRATION IN INDIA
GENERAL SIR GEORGE CHESNEY, K.C.B., M.P.
COLONEL COMMANDANT ROYAL ENGINEERS
Οὐ μόνον ἄρα δυνατὸν, ἀλλὰ καὶ ἄριστον πόλει νόμιμον ἐτίθεμεν
(Thus the system we have proposed is not only practicable, but is also
PLATO, the Polity, Book V. 457
THE THIRD EDITION
THE long period, nearly a quarter of a century, which has elapsed since the last edition of this book was published, has made that work out of date in every sense, especially because the numerous reforms, civil and military, which it advocated, have in the interval been in great measure carried out. The book has therefore been rewritten throughout--except the historical introduction in Chapter II.—and treats of the new and greatly altered conditions, political and administrative, which have now to be dealt with.
While this edition is thus a new book, the old title has been retained, as remaining appropriate to the subject. Reform of the Indian administration is still as much needed as ever, but reform addressed to new circumstances, and needing new methods. With the progress of time, the problems which present themselves for solution, while as ever many and various, become ever more delicate and complex.
The opportunity has been taken to bring under