Abdul Kareem // Secretary of Queen Victoria
Munshi Abdul Karim was an Indian who entered the British royal court in 1887 as an employee and remained in his service for about fourteen years until the death of Queen Victoria, and was called the Queen’s Atalik. He is credited with teaching Urdu to the Queen. The reign of Queen Victoria began on June 18, 1837, and ended on January 22, 1901, with the death of the Queen..
Munshi Abdul Karim was affectionately called “Mr. Abdul” by Queen Victoria. There were rumors of their friendship.
The arrival of this young Indian man in the British royal court and his closeness to the queen is an interesting story. It so happened that King George III went crazy. He was succeeded by his son George IV. He was afflicted with diseases and obesity. It was a sign of his obesity that he had to dress twice. Their clothes were sewn on their bodies. This work also took hours for the poor tailors.
They themselves were worried that they might go mad. As soon as they die, their greedy, selfish and incompetent brothers will take over their throne and wealth and all the rents will be turned upside down. His own daughter had died, and his siblings had died in infancy. He was survived by a young and orphaned niece, Alexandrina Victoria. She was the daughter of his brother Edward. Edward had been a soldier and was deeply indebted. Fed up with his poverty and British inflation, he moved to Europe with his German wife.
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They were wandering around somewhere when they met gypsies in Malta. Settled in southern Europe, they were the same Banjaras whose forefathers had once reached Europe via Iraq via Sindh and Rajasthan. A gypsy tells Edward that a queen is about to be born in your house. Thinking that the Queen of England must have been born in England, he pulled out his broken horse-drawn carriage, and since he could not afford the coachman, he drove himself to England, where Victoria was born. This is the year 1819. Edward died of pneumonia eight months later, but was succeeded by the British throne.
During this time King George died. He was succeeded by his brother William IV, but the light of his life soon began to flicker. He had just seen his niece’s 18th birthday, and now he wants to see Waterloo’s birthday. As soon as this stage was completed on June 18, he closed his eyes. This is the year 1837. As soon as the king died, the archbishop, Lord Chamberlain, and the king’s physicians rushed to Victoria’s residence on horseback. When Victoria appeared, the visitors knelt down as soon as they saw her. This is where the Victorian era began.
There was a big celebration in London that day. Five million people from all over the UK came to see the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Most had never seen a British king before. Fifty years of Victoria’s reign were coming to an end and the whole city was a bride in this joy …
The celebration lasted for weeks. Invitations and banquets did not end there. All the great kings, maharajas and their queens also came to England from India. The Queen also arranged for India-like tributes in his honor. They were just fed up with one thing. The language of Indian queens and princesses was Urdu and the queen did not know Urdu. She could not communicate with the guests. Let them resent it again and again.
At the same time, a twenty four year old, handsome and intelligent young man from Agra entered his life. He was Muhammad Abdul Karim. Dear Victoria Abdul. And the scribe Abdul Kareem who became a thorn in the side of the courtiers..
On the morning of June 21, 1887, the old queen was sitting at her breakfast table in Windsor Castle. Everything on the table was solid gold. Gold plates, gold knives, forks, glittering teapots, even the egg cup containing the royal egg was made of gold.
To the right and left of the queen stood Ajli Achkan and tight pajamas, with gold stripes on her head, a sash on her back, her hands tied, her eyes lowered. They both came from India in the Jubilee year. It had been four years since John Brown’s death, and perhaps one wondered if Victoria’s interest in India and Indian Muslims was so much that she was surrounded by young men with fair complexion and sour beards. Stay
It is evident that the Queen expressed her pleasure in such a way that she sent the Indian officials and two servants with such pomp that while the Jubilee celebrations were going on in London, they were being trained on how to join hands with the Queen. Be the first to be honored. The front door opened. The two young men entered the floor saluting, approached and kissed the queen’s foot, and then stepped back, tied their hands, and stood with their eyes downcast. One of them was Muhammad Behsh, with a deep complexion, a constant smile on his face and a layer of fat on his body. The other was Abdul Kareem, a young man of twenty-four years, with a slender body, tall stature, sincerity on his face and the intelligence of evil in his eyes. When the queen took one look at him, it became clear that her attributes were the most distinct, the most distinct.
Abdul Karim was educated in Urdu and English. He was earning ten rupees a month in Agra. The same Agra where the medical school had opened where millions of Indians were sent to all four cities with the necessary training and a certificate in hand to provide medical treatment.
Abdul Karim’s father Haji Muhammad Waziruddin was also an English scholar and a graduate of the same medical school. In the subcontinent these people were called doctors. Waziruddin was a doctor in Agra Jail. He used to get a salary of Rs. 60 at that time which was a very reasonable income at that time and no ordinary pharmacist or compounder could get such a salary.
The day Abdul Karim kissed the Queen’s footsteps, the Queen wrote in her diary on the same day that her father was a local doctor in Agra. But later historians still insist that Abdul Karim misled him and said that he was the Surgeon General in Agra. It is learned that when Abdul Karim came to England, he was first assigned the duties of a waiter even though he had no experience of this job in India. Abdul Karim himself writes that he was initially appointed as the Queen’s secretary and Indian clerk. This was their exaggeration. There is at least one picture of him feeding the royal family. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
Abdul Karim entered the palace on June 23. Forty days later, the queen wrote in her diary: “I am learning some Indian words so that I can speak to my servants.” It is not important to say when I had a real connection with this language and its speakers, but I am very interested in both of them. “
This dialect was absorbed in the veins of Caesar of India. A small pamphlet was compiled in which all the necessary Indian phrases and words were recorded and distributed among the princes, princes and all the staff of the palace so that they could communicate with the people of India in their own language.
Similarly, an English mentor was appointed for Abdul Karim and other servants. The queen was worried about what she would do in her spare time, how she would be entertained. Don’t get tired of it in a strange environment. So later on, his wives were called from India.
… The queen appointed her personal physician, Dr. Reid, not only a physician for the servants but also a welfare officer.
The day of the Queen’s departure for Scotland was approaching. These Indians also had to go with him and take on many new duties.
The Queen sent Dr. Reid a written memorandum stating:
When we have breakfast in the garden and Muhammad Bakhsh and Abdul Karim are present, they should wear their new dark blue dress. At lunch, they should wear a turban and a belt of their choice, but not a golden turban. At dinner they both put on their red robes, white and gold turbans and belts. If it’s raining or cold and we have breakfast, they’re always there. When we are upstairs they are present outside the room at the sound of our bell. In the future, our box of official papers and letters should be brought here instead of girls. In the same way, instead of girls, be present at the afternoon tea. In Scotland, since thick woolen garments are required, thick woolen garments should be provided to those who can wear them at their leisure, but it is important that the garments be Indian in style and also have a turban.
In addition, they should be provided with woolen socks and gloves and shoes suitable for walking. And when the days get shorter and the cold gets worse, the tea should always be drunk inside. In seven or eight weeks, the days will get shorter, so they should come to our door after tea because there is no time left after lunch.
When Queen Victoria died on January 22, 1901, her son and his successor, Edward VII, his wife, Queen Alexander, his sons, grandsons, and those who were Queen Victoria’s were invited to pay their respects. They were very close. Prince Edward allowed Abdul Karim to enter the queen’s bedroom and pay homage to her.
But a few days after the queen’s death, a mountain of troubles fell on Abdul Karim. His house was raided. He was asked to hand over to her every letter that the queen had written to him. Then these letters were burnt in front of them. They were humiliated in front of everyone. He was asked to return to India. The queen had given him a large estate in Agra. He returned from England and remained there until his death in 1909.