INDIA: Soldiers & Simon

Grimly last week H. E. Maj.-General Sir Frederick Sykes, Governor of Bombay Presidency, moved to smash by military rather than police methods St. Gandhi's independence movement at its focus, Bombay.

The viceroy's decree making "picketing" a crime punishable by six-month imprisonment (TIME, June 9) was being flagrantly disobeyed. Weeks ago the Bombay police, engulfed by hundreds of thousands of Gandhites and under orders not to fire, became virtually helpless. Soldiers would now be tried. Marching out of their barracks at Poona—near which St. Gandhi remained imprisoned—a battalion 1,000 strong, half British, half...

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