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THE PEOPLE OF INDIA

TRADITIONAL LOYALTY TO THE THRONE.

SUPPORT FROM ALL CLASSES

The feel ng in.lndia towards the war was touched on by the Calcutta correspondent of the "Morning Post" in a message dated 21et Spptpmber. He said; —

The speeches delivered in the United Province? Legislative Coancil in the middle ofSeptember were, if anything, mora remark- , able for their obviously sincere loyalty than those delivered in the Imperial and Bengal Legislatures, and summarised in my previous telegrams. The mover of the loyal reeolu tion paid that England was at present engaged in a r'gbteoua war, and it was the duty of every Indian to help her in thn present crisis. There might have been differences betwern the people and the Government, but in this matter they were one. Hs thought that if Mr Ghokale's Education Bill had been passed oeople now ignornnt would then have understood the true situation.

Dr Suuderlal, in seconding the resolution, threw nn important light on ih" manner in which the ma?s of Indians view the situation Whilo h° thought the fact thai the whole of Indii was loyally supporting the Government in every way made the resolution superflu , ous, nevertheless he weloomed it as givin* members an opportunity ot expressing thsir convictions.

" Tbe people o( India," he p oceeded, " have always been loyal to their Kings, In the days of Mohammedan rule Indian soldiers fought the battles of their ruler? in every part of the Moghul Empire. The Knjptits of Jod.qur fought the battles of tbe Rrapiro on the snowy beiphts ot 'he Hindukusb, and the Maharajah of Jaipore was the General chosen to fight in the Deccan for Mirangzib, We are glad and proud that the Viceroy is pleased to send Indian troops to fake part in the war in Europe. As for our , selves, we wM help the G vernm°nt in every possib'e way we can, and, though our part as regards as?itance in the operations of the war is necessarily minor, we are ready to do our utmost whenever the Government is ready to take our help."

Several Hnpportere of the resolution indignantly repudiated the Boggestion made in sn unfortunate newppaper article that expres- , siona of loyalty from the leaders of every race and religion might not reflect the views of the masses. Pandit Motilal Meru said : "We have the glorious spectacle of prince and peasant, rich and poo*, ignorant and eduoated unifcpd in offering their boroege at the foot of the Throne and all they are worth in the service of the Empire. It is possible to conceive that this unanimity of feeling, this widespread desire to sacrifice all for their King and country is the handivork of a few wire pullers or agitatore with nothing behind it than tin desire to gain polit'cal .advantages in tho future? To my mind the position ia clear. We hava east in our lot with the British for good and evil. There is no going back for us. In the success of the British lies our fuccess and prosperity, in their defeat our failure and ruin Ii there were nothing else, at least considerations of self interest demand our unswerving lpyalty to the Throne of England. We give it unstinted y in oil sincerity, and pledge oui* salves to stand or fall with our Government."

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THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3452, 13 November 1914

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THE PEOPLE OF INDIA Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3452, 13 November 1914

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