Heritage railway bridge at Bhairongarh, MP across Mahi river and Gov. Gen. Lord Dufferin

 bridge at Bhairongarh across the River Mahi en.wikipedia.org/

Railway bridge across Mahi., MP youtube.com

The railway bridge across the Mahi river, at Bhairongarh, Madhya Pradesh, near Ratlam, built in 1890.(Photograph: Courtesy Indian Railways) is yet another milestone in the annals of the Indian Railways. It was controlled by the East Indian Railways. A  recognized national monument, it was decommissioned in 1997. However, it was not dismantled and saved for the posterity by the IR.  Had Jubilee Bridge not escaped  from the auctioneer’s hammer we would have lost a wonderful steel bridge that connected us with the past. 

From the vintage plaque on  this heritage bridge  we understand that  construction  work began in 1882 roughly 14 years after the  first great Indian rebellion of 1858-59 had been put down by the startled  British  with the beginning of direct administration  by the Crown in London. The work was completed in 1887, that time  happened to be Queen   Victoria's Jubilee Year, and the bridge was inaugurated on February 16, 1887 by none other than Earl Dufferin, Viceroy and Governor General, who valued Indian sentiments. Dufferin  being a shrewd administrator, believed strongly that   in order to rule successfully a large and diverse subcontinent  he needed the support of both the natives and Anglo-Indians; but the latter considered him a renegade . Like him, Lord Rippon  earned the ire of the Anglo-Indians because the natives liked Rippon very much and trusted him. Dufferin  also served as the Governor General of Canada from 1872 to 1878 and got a name,  Dufferin respected Indian nationalists and at the same time was in the good book of conservative whites. He was one of history's most successful diplomats - eighth Viceroy of India in 1884, Dufferin named the bridge  the Jubilee Bridge. 

Lord Dufferin Gov. Gen. of India. prepp.in

Lord Dufferin Gov. Gen. of India.prepp.in

Dufferin clock, Devaraja market, Mysore. xafari.in/poi/

Above images: Lord Dufferin, 8th  Gov. Gen of India. The Dufferin  Clock Tower in the old  heritage city of Mysore, Karnataka, was commissioned by the ruler of Mysore -  the Wodeyars  in honor of  Lord Dufferin, the Viceroy of India during his official visit to the state. This  highest British India official took the credit of being the first  Viceroy of the Raj  to pay a ceremonial and friendly visit to Mysore city at the  invitation of the then  Maharajah Chamaraja Wadiyar X in 1886. The famous clock tower in the prime area of Mysore city is a testimony to Lord Dufferin's unique administrative capability and his flexible attitude toward natives to run the government effectively. In the wake of the report on the plight of the poor people in Bengal,  Differin  never failed to   recommended the establishment of provincial and central councils with Indian membership, a key demand of Congress at that time as the British elite in India were boasting that the British rule helped the poor people a lot.  This assertion by the british elite was  simply  a myth and Dufferin took steps to mend it.  

Equally caring and kind hearted person was  Lady Dufferin, Interested in the welfare of  women  she  established a fund - the National Association for supplying Female Medical Aid to the Women of India (known as the Countess of Dufferin Fund) with donations from many Indian princes and maharajahs. .