The Forty-third Annual General Meeting was held at 4 Bishops- gate, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Bombay 26, on 16 June 1971, at 6.30 p.m. for the purpose of:


  1. Confirming the Minutes of the Forty-second Annual General Meeting held on 29 December 1970.
  2. Receiving the Committee's report and Audited Accounts for the year ended 31 December 1970 and, if thought fit, passing them.
  3. Appointing Auditors for the year ending 31 December 1971 and fixing their remuneration.
  4. Electing Officers, Members of the Committee and
    Additional Members of the Balloting Committee and making other appointments. In accordance with Rule 34, the Committee proposed the following names:



President J. T. M. Gibson, Esq.
Vice-Presidents Gurdial Singh, Esq.
B. W. Ritchie, Esq.
Honorary Treasurer G. Ramchandani, Esq.
Honorary Secretary K. N. Naoroji, Esq.
Honorary Local Secretaries
Australia & N.Z. ... Maj. W. M. M. Deacock
Calcutta K. K. Guha, Esq.
Delhi H. Dang, Esq.
Great Britain V. S. Risoe, Esq., M.B.E.
Japan Y. Mita, Esq.
Kathmandu M. J. Cheney, Esq.
Kulu J. Banon, Esq.
Pakistan Col. E. Goodwin
Switzerland E. A. Bolinder, Esq.
U.S.A Dr. S. Dillon Ripley


Members of Committee

F. C. Badhwar, Esq., O.B.E. T. H. Braham, Esq.
Miss M. Dubash K. K. Guha, Esq.
Mrs. M. D. Jhaveri Cdr. M. S. Kohli
M. H. Mehta, Esq. S. S. Mehta, Esq.
J. C. Nanavati, Esq. Lt. Gen. Sir Harold Williams, K.B.E.


Additional Members of Balloting Committee

R. E. Hotz, Esq. A. D. Moddie, Esq.
A. G. D. Madgavkar, Esq. P. J. Parr, Esq.


Other Appointments:

Honorary Editor ... ... S. S. Mehta, Esq.
Honorary Librarian ... .., F. C. Badhwar, Esq., O.B.E
Honorary Equipment Officer ... Secretary at Bombay and Hon.Local Secretaries at Calcutta and Delhi.


An Extraordinary General Meeting was held at 7 p.m. on 16 June at 4, Bishopsgate, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Bombay 26 for the purpose of approving the following resolutions:

1. THAT the principal office of the Society be moved from the State of West Bengal to the State of Maharashtra.

2 THAT Clause 2 of the Memorandum of the Association be altered to read as follows:

' The principal office of the Society is situated in the State of Maharashtra'.

3. THAT the words 'High Court at Calcutta in West Bengal' in Clause 5 of the Memorandum of Association be deleted and substituted by ' High Court at Bombay in Maharashtra'

4. THAT the definition of office in Rule 1 of the Rules and Regulations be altered to read as follows:

'"office" means the principal office of the Club which is at Bombay in the State of Maharashtra'.

5. THAT the words ' Registrar of Societies, West Bengal' in Rule 52 of the Rules and Regulations be deleted and substituted by Registrar of Societies, Maharashtra’.

Explanatory Statement

It has been found increasingly difficult of late to find sufficient members in Calcutta to run the affairs of the Club effectively and it is therefore proposed in the better interest of the Club to move the principal office of the Club to Bombay where there is a larger and more active membership.



The Club weathered a number of administrative storms during the year some of which had started blowing up during 1970.

Firstly, there was the problem connected with the Library. The National Library at Belvedere, Calcutta, after some years of charging a nominal rent suddenly thought fit to present us a bill of about Rs.7,000 comprising retrospect payment. Fortunately the Ministry of Education (through whose kind offices we had been housed at Belvedere) came to our rescue with a grant that would pay the arrears as well as the rent for the next few months, and which allowed us just sufficient time to look for alternate arrangements. The next windfall came from the I.M.F. who offered us space and supervisory facilities at the Central Secretariat Library in New Delhi. Unable to find any suitable alternative in Calcutta, the Library was packed and despatched to its new home where it is now maintained in its own separate section.

The Director of the Central Secretariat Library and his staff have been good enough to agree to look after this section while it remained in its present location. They have also very obligingly arranged to have the books that need rebinding and other attention, properly ' rehabilitated? through the same agencies as normally attend to the other books in the Central Secretariat Library. The Ministry of Education has been most helpful at every stage and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation has very generously donated a substantial amount specifically towards the cost of such 6 rehabilitation

A major objective, underlying the return of the Himalayan Club Library to Delhi, was to make its valuable and unique collection of books available for references to a larger number of mountaineers and other individuals who are interested in various aspects of the Himalaya. Accordingly, members of the Himalayan Club who are in or near Delhi are invited to use this Library freely. Members and Associates of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, and others sponsored by the I.M.F., are also cordially invited to make such references as they desire to this section while it is housed with the Central Secretariat Library. Members of the Delhi Mountaineering Association are included in this invitation and it is hoped they will take advantage of this facility.

As these books and documents of the Himalayan Club are valuable, and most of them irreplacable, it has been decided that none of them should be removed from the special section, in which they are housed at present, without the specific permission in writing of the Honorary Librarian who feels sure that this precaution against possible loss or damage will be fully appreciated by all users.

With the loss by transfer and departures from India of several members, the Committee at Calcutta found it increasingly difficult to operate and, with a more enthusiastic and numerous membership building up in Bombay, considered it advisable to shift the Secretariat there. This was done and after a period of uncertainty the new Committee has settled down to some hard work. Note must be taken of the new Club Address, which is P.O. Box 1905, G.P.O., Bombay 1.


All papers intended for publication should be forwarded to S. S. Mehta, c/o A.C.C.I. Ltd., P.O. Rishra, District Hooghly, West Bengal, India.

It is requested that all articles be accompanied by sketch maps (these should be clearly drawn in Indian ink) and photographs (half-plate size or larger, glossy, black-and-white) with captions clearly printed or attached at the back.

All material should be submitted before the end of December in order to avoid delay in printing.


The following back numbers are still available: XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX and XXX—These volumes can be obtained from the Honorary Secretary. Mr. V. S. Risoe also holds a few spare copies in London,


Responsibility for non-delivery of the Journal cannot be accepted if members do not notify their change of address. Considerable trouble is caused in re-addressing Journals returned, and duplicate copies cannot be sent, except on payment.


Members are requested to notify the Honorary Secretary promptly of any change of address. If this Journal has not been correctly addressed, will you please advise the Honorary Secretary immediately of the alterations?


We gratefully acknowledge receipt during the year of the following Journals and publications in exchange of our Journal:

The Alpine Journal
The American Alpine Journal
The A.C.C. Newsletter
Sangaku (J.A.C.)
Ost. Alpenzeitung
Deutscher Alpenverein
La Montague et Alpinisme
Revista Mensile del Club Alpino Italiano
The Canadian Alpine Journal
The New Zealand Alpine Journal
The Journal of the Mountain Club of South Africa
La Montana, Argentine Appalctchia
The Appalachia Bulletin
Yama to Keikoku {Japan)
The Rucksack Club Journal
Cambridge Mountaineering
The Climbers" Club Journal
The Climbers' Club Bulletin (Bombay)
The Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal
The Pinnacle Club Journal
The British Ski Year Book
Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme Bulletin The Geographical Journal The Geographical Review Acta Geographica


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