INDIA: False Dawn

The first faint flush of light that sometimes precedes the dawn is called the false dawn.

Last week the 21 Indian delegates, gathered around the long teak table in the Simla conference room, learned that the hope of self-government for India had also been a false dawn. The bright hopes for success which had inspired the Simla Conference almost to the end were over.

At the head of the conference table the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, his face showing the strain of a fortnight's recurring crises, announced that his present effort to give India self-government...

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