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Political officer (British Empire)

In the British Empire, a Political Officer or Political Agent was an officer of the imperial civil administration, as opposed to the military administration, usually operating outside imperial territory.[1] The title was particularly attached to a government official acting as a political adviser to the ruler of one of the princely states in pre-independence South Asia, though it could also designate a kind of special envoy or ambassador (e.g. "Political Officer to Afghanistan").[2]

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  1. ^ Frowde, Henry (1909). The Imperial Gazetteer of India (Indian empire - Volume 4 - Administrative) (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon press, University of Oxford. pp. Chapter 2 – page 46–57. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  2. ^ The Imperial Gazetteer of India