A Hundred Years ago September 5, 1918. Archives

From the Archives (Sept 5., 1918): The Cloth Famine.

A Conference was held this afternoon [September 3] in the rooms of the British Indian Association [in Calcutta] to consider what steps should be taken to relieve the acute distress which had been caused by the prevailing high prices of cotton cloth. Maharaja Sir P.K. Tagore presided. He said that the masses looked up to the Government as the fountain of redress and relief and when the shoe pinched them they attribute it to the lack of sympathy and kindness on the part of Government. The following resolution was adopted: That a deputation do wait upon His Excellency the Governor to represent to His Lordship the acute and widespread distress which has been caused by the prevailing high prices of cotton cloth and request His Excellency to be so kind as to move the Government of India to adopt such measures as will adequately meet the requirements of the case.

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