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PROFESSORS OF SEDITION IN POONA.

The question of the “Honorable Mr Tilak ” cannot be allowed to rest where it is. The significant fact that Ibis new legislator presided over a three days’ celebration in honor of Shivaji on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of Jane, and that Mr Rand was murdered on June 22, has not yet been commented on ; but in the light of the speeches made at the celebration it does not seem extravagant to assume that there may have been some connection between the two events. Here are some samples of the speeches extracted from a summary report of the proceedings : After the singing of odes in praise of Shiwlji “by a choir of schoolboys,” Professor Jiosiwa'ee—they are all professors in Poona—declared that Shivilji’s ruling passion was disgust at the humiliation of his country by aliens. On the second day another “professor” complained that Shivaji was called a murderer by English historians. Ho thought the term was harsh. Professor Jinsiwalce, however, did not seem to object to the word. His only complaint was that Napoleon and Cresar escaped censure, while “ poor Shivaji, who was guilty of only one or two murders,” was loaded with opprobrium. In this professor’s opinion the saying of the French Revolutionists that they were not murdering men but “ removing thorns ” should be made applicable to the Daccan. Query: Was Mr Rand a thorn ? Finally camo the “ Honorable Mr Tilak,” who said that Shivaji was not to be judged by the standard of the Indian penal code. He murdered Afzal Khan “ from disinterested motives and for the good of others.” “If thieves enter a man’s house and he has no strength to drive them out he should, without hesitation, shut them in and burn them alive.” Mr Tilak concluded his instructive speech with the remark that Europeans “ had no charter from God to rule India, and that Shivdji could not bo accused of coveting what belonged to others because he strove to drive them out of bis native country.” This is tie man who was nominated by the Poona Municipality for a seat on the Bombay Legislative Council, and whom Lord Sandhurst accepted. As for “Professor” Gokhalee, who has been lecturing a select audience of members of Parliament on the outrages committed by British soldiers, he is a Mahratta Brahmin belonging to the same set as the Honorable

Mr Tilak and Professor Jinsiwdiee. They are all employed assdhoolmaaterala Poona—in schools which, though entirely under native management,,are.. heavily subsidised by Government. - In the-intervals of reading Milton, and Locke with their pupils' these prof-ssors write articles jn 'tho native Press attacking the Government;:,; Mr Gokhalee is now staying.in England, at tho expense of the Indian.Government,-in order to give evidence before tho Royal Commission, on Indian expenditure. - In. the 1 eyes of the Natives it will appear that ho has won this favor—the favor of a Iree holiday in London. —by frightening, the Government with his attacks. They will also note that when in England and in tho precincts of the Houso of Commons itself he makes, without punishment or rebuke, a. further malicious and mendacious attack upon, British authority.The conclusions that will-be obvious—that not only can British authority be assailed with impunity, ' but ttiaf it actually pays to mako virulent attacks'updn the Government.— c St. James’s Gazetted

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PROFESSORS OF SEDITION IN POONA., Evening Star, Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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PROFESSORS OF SEDITION IN POONA. Evening Star, Issue 10431, 28 September 1897

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