A hundred years ago | June 6, 1918. Archives

The Reform Prospects.

The London Correspondent of the “Servant of India” writing under date 11th April with regard to the probable time of the publication of Mr. Montagu’s reform proposals says: Mr. Montagu, it is believed, had hopes that his recommendations would be dealt with immediately upon his return here by the War Cabinet and put before the country some time in May. He will be a very lucky man indeed if he can induce his colleagues or the country to interest themselves in anything so remote as the affairs of India this side of recess and it is quite probable that his proposals will not see light before the autumn at the earliest in the new Parliament. All this, of course, assuming that he remains a minister of the crown. Speaking of the German threat to India through the middle east, the correspondent adds: If the war ends in a stalemate or no settlement upon the basis of mutual disarmament India will have to organise her own means of self defence with British assistance and in that event another army commission will proceed to India, presided over probably by an English noble man who has already gained great reputation for army organisation.

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