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Posted at: Jan 12, 2017, 12:54 AM; last updated: Jan 12, 2017, 12:54 AM (IST)LAHORE, FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1917

A Tory View of Indian Public Opinion.

IT is sometimes perplexing to find a Tory journal in England blow hot and cold over the question of the moment, viz., the value that attaches to the opinions of the educated classes in India on post-war problems. The Globe is a Tory journal with Tory traditions, and we seldom turn to its columns for sympathy and support in our appeals to the British public against the bureaucratic methods of government. But that journal, writing in its issue of the 28th November on the subject of trade conditions after the war, has a good word to say of India and the claims of Indian public opinion for a voice in the forthcoming settlement. It observes: “We shall be well advised to take into account also the fact that the condition of things after the war is deeply engaging Indian public opinion. India has contributed nobly towards the war, alike in blood and treasure. It is, therefore, plain that India will want an important voice in peace negotiations. For one thing, the cotton industry, which has been handicapped at the behest of Lancashire, will have to be reconsidered.”

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