A hundred years ago Nov. 8, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (November 8, 1919): Indian Address.

London, November 1. — A Deputation of Indian Moslems presented an address to the Shah at Buckingham Palace this afternoon, in the course of which, they said that, though they came from India, they represented a great Moslem brotherhood which knew no barriers of nationality. They referred to Persian influence on Indian manners, dress, language, customs and poetry, and prayed to Allah to protect the Shah, that Persia might recover from the trials of the late dreadful years and resume her proper place among the great peoples of world.

Replying, the Shah said that, if Persia had influences on India, it was no less true that Indian influences were felt in his country. Referring to Anglo-Persian relations, the Shah said that the unity of interests and mutual respects were daily increasing. Persia had in the past been a barrier against the invasion of western countries from the east. He now hoped that Persia would become a bridge by which commercial intercourse between western lands and the heart of Asia might be maintained in a like manner. Western ideas and culture could be passed on after they had been assimilated and fashioned to form suitable eastern mentality.

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