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INDIAN FAILURE

CONFERENCE ENDS Party Leaders Asked To Avoid Recriminations

N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. . LONDON, July 15. ] The "Viceroy of India, Viscount Wavell, has terminated the con- ' ference at Simla of leading Indian politicians who met to consider the * reconstitution of the Executive 1 Council. The India Office in a i statement says the parties failed to reach the requisite „ measure of ■ agreement. i Addressing the final meeting of Indian leaders, the Viceroy said that, as the main idea underlying < the conference was his, its failure ; was his responsibility. He added: "Nobody could regret the failure i more than I do. I cannot place < blame for the failure upon any parties. * "I ask the party leaders to do all they can to ensure that there are no recriminations. It is of the utmost importance that this effort to secure an agreement between the parties and communities should not result in a worsening of communal feeling." Mr. .linnah Blamed "Mr. Jinnah is immediately responsible and the British are responsible in a remote sense for the breakdown of the talks," said Dr. Azad, President rof the Congress, commenting on ' the Simla conference. "If the British Government was really serious in the effort to settle the issue it should have foreseen communal and other difficulties and should have prepared to meet them," he added. "It should not have given the right of veto to any particular group. Those who were prepared to go forward should have been allowed to go forward, and those who wished to keep out should have been left out." In a statement to the Press, Mr. Jinnah described the Wavell Plan as a snare. If the Moslems had agreed they would have signed their own death warrant. "We cannot consider or enter any provisional Government," he added, "unless a* declaration is made by the British; guaranteeing the Moslems' right to j self-determination, pledging that, after the war the British would : establish Pakistan. We are not a minority but a nation. It is obvious that if we accept the arrangement (the Pakistan issue, will be put in, cold storage indefinitely, whereas Congress will have secured wha,t it wants —a clear road for an advance toward securing the Hindu national ! independence of India." ! ■'■ The Times, in a leader, says that while the breakdown of the Simla •conference has shown the main obstacle to Indian progress as Moslem apprehension of majority rule—and this cannot be allayed by assurances from this country but. : only by a supreme effort on the • part of the Congress leaders—it remains true to say that Britain can ' still make a contribution to the essential task. Lord Wavell may be trusted to examine every expedient ■ which offers hope of progress. COPY OF MAGNA CHARTA GIFT TO BRITISH MUSEUM Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 15. ' The famous Lacock Abbey copy of ! Magna Charta has been presented to the British Museum by Miss M. T. Talbot, states The Times. The docu- .* ment, which is an exquisite specimen of legal penmanship with a I nearly complete impression of , Henry JlL's great sea!, is the only fully legible copy of the great • chaHer still extant. It bears the -' date February■ I'l> 1225. ;'. ■■* [I CONQUERED DISEASE r ALLIED VICTORY IN BURMA 3 Rec. 12.30 p.m. RANGOON, July 15 I The Supreme Commander, South- ! East Asia,' Admiral Mountbatten, I addressing his troops, emphasised ; the importance of the Allied victory ■ over disease in the Japanese war. "We are right on top of disease," he i added. "In 1943 we faced an average s of 120 sick to one battle casualty. f This was reduced in 1944 to 20 to = nne, and for the first seven months - of 1945 six to one. We have conf quered disease, but the Japanese I have not."

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INDIAN FAILURE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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INDIAN FAILURE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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