A hundred years ago | May 1, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (May 1, 1919): Behar Planters.

The General Secretary, Behar Planters’ Association, has addressed a lengthy letter to the Government of India [as it is available in Calcutta] urging upon the latter the immediate necessity for taking effective measures to prevent any recurrence of recent outbreaks in the Punjab and other Provinces. After reviewing the action of the Government with regard to Mr. Gandhi’s activities in Champaran, Knaira and other places the letter concludes: My Association wishes to impress upon the Government of India the fact that the responsibility for recent outbreaks and consequent loss of life must be shared alike by the instigators of agitations against the Rowlatt Bills and by the Government of India itself. It is impossible to believe either that the organisers of the Satyagraha movement did not realise the inevitable effect of their propaganda on the mobs and students of the towns in which they worked or that they would have gone to the lengths they did had they not had good reason to believe from previous experience that the Government would be unlikely to take any strong action against them.

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