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From the Archives (Nov. 5, 1919): The Khalifat Question.

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Delhi, November 1. — Mr. M.K. Gandhi has addressed the following letter to the press: — Several friends have enquired what should be the position regarding the forthcoming peace celebrations. At the Khalifat day I know that resolutions were passed at some meetings to the effect that Mahomedans could not participate in the celebrations if the Khalifat question was not satisfactorily settled. There can be no peace in Indian estimation so long as the great question remains unsolved and the Mahomedan sentiment is in danger of being lacerated and millions of Mahomedans remaining in suspense or grief, it is hardly possibly for the Hindus, Parsis, Christians, Jews and others for whom India is the land of their adoption or birth to take part in the forthcoming rejoicings. I venture to think that His Excellency the Viceroy can, if he will, tell his Majesty’s Ministers that Indians cannot participate in the celebrations so long as the Khalilfat question remains unsettled.

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