EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Elliott, Dr. W.Y.
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India's faith. The reforms in India. The commitment by the British Raj to the effort of uniting India in some such federal form as has been imposed on two or three of the greatest of the British Dominions. That effort as the most crucial test that has ever been made of the power of the Empire to hold an eastern people. The execution of that effort at the moment prejudiced by the events in India in the past two months. Mr. Gandhi's arrest and incarceration. The speaker's belief that these events may delay but not end the experiment in federalism. What federalism in India represents. Britain's position politically and economically. Nationalist capitalism in India. The India National Congress Movement. The reserve powers on which Britain insists. Canada's experience of Britain's reserve powers. The slow evolution of Canada to Dominion Status which stripped away those reserved powers. The New Year in India, opening with omens unfavourable to peace. A review of recent events, including the arrest of Mr. Ghandi and subsequent events. The boycott declared by the Bombay Brokers' Association. Fundamental causes that have produced the apparent change of attitude on the part of the British Raj in India. The change of policy more apparent than real, with discussion. Talk of returning to the scheme of the Simon (Indian Statutory) Commission's Report which made the federal scheme seem more attractive. A potential rostrum for Indian nationalism with the position of the Princes being gradually undermined by nationalist sentiment. Mr. Ghandi's urgent attempts to save the federal solution. The Viceroy's problem on the return of Gandhi to India. The opposing forces as seen and outlined by the speaker. War measures taken. The possibility that a more conciliatory policy might have been better in the long run. The current position of the Indian Princes. The varying problem of communal electorates. Considerations with regard to the federal problem. The speaker's belief that federal government in India would be a great anchor for the British Government, and reasons for that belief. The speaker's hope that programs for more responsible Indian rule which have culminated in this interesting proposal of federation are not to be completely set aside.