INDIA: Aussie in Bengal

In Bengal, racked with post-famine epidemics, the Raj replaced the late Provincial Governor Sir John Herbert with handsome, able Australian Richard Gardiner Casey. The appointment of a Governor of war cabinet rank is a step in Viceroy Lord Wavell's attempt to make the British Government more effective and efficient.

The Pyramid.

The governors of Bengal, like those of other Indian provinces, are links between the Indian people and the British Central Government at New Delhi. The eleven major Provinces, through the 1935 Government of India Act, were granted popularly elected legislatures; the governors are usually British (only two since 1920 have...

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