INDIA: Menace of Independence

Highly agitated was His Britannic Majesty's lean and dramatically tall Viceroy of India, Baron Irwin, when representatives of what might be called India's "farm bloc"—the Bihar Landholders' Association —met recently, in Calcutta, and adopted a resolution demanding for British India a new Constitution "not in blind imitation of the West."

Interpreting this as a veiled intimation that what the "farm bloc" really demands is Indian independence, Lord Irwin rushed to Calcutta and delivered what was, for an Englishman, a remarkably passionate pronouncement:

"It is not difficult to forecast what must be the...

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