A hundred years ago May 10, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (May 10, 1919): Mr. Tilak and the Indian Situation.

Addressing meetings in London during the last week, one at the National Liberal Club under the chairmanship of Mr. Harold Spender and the other at the Church of Humanity under that of Mr. S.H. Swinny, President of the Positivist Society, Mr. [Bal Gangadhar] Tilak spoke almost in identical terms on the subject of Indian Constitutional Reform. Confining himself mainly to the Congress demand, he pointed out that, while outside India, Indians demanded equal treatment with Europeans in all parts of the British Empire, in India itself they claimed the right to manage their own affairs; in other words, they asked for the application of the principle of self-determination, so far as the internal administration of the country was concerned, except of course, such matters as the making of war and peace, foreign relations, and relations with native States, law and justice, etc., which according to the Congress demand, were proposed to be left under Government control, as at present, as a guarantee of India’s good faith towards the British connexion. Taking his firm stand on the announcement of policy of August 20, 1917, Mr. Tilak declared it would do if the goal obtained therein were reached in a generation, a difference of five or ten years not being of great consequence.

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