India: The Real Problem

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    THE course of events in India since the rising of the Round Table Conference in December last may well seem to confirm the opinion of those who held that little practical good was effected in the second session of that body, which lasted throughout the autumn. This view of the result of the conference was perhaps unduly pessimistic. The unexpected adherence of the Princes brought the question of an all-India federation within the range of practical discussion: and even though the differences of Hindu, Sikh, and Moslem were not resolved, and the position of the Outcastes remains unsecured, goodwill and mutual understanding were advanced by discussion. This has been admitted by delegates on their return to India. But most significant of all, perhaps, was the final phase in which the Prime Minister seized the opportunity to make the momentous declaration on behalf of the National Government, afterwards embodied in the White Paper, that Great Britain would press forward towards measures of constitutional reform in India even though the Round Table Conference had produced no concrete proposals to meet the difficulties which stand in the way.

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    India: The Real Problem. Nature 129, 109–111 (1932) doi:10.1038/129109a0

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