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Constitutional Reforms

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 23 May 1922

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the views of Mr. S. M. Mitra, put forward in a pamphlet dealing with the attainment of peace in India; whether he will give consideration to the suggestions made with regard to the introduction of the principle of elections and selection so as to secure one Indian gentleman as governor of a province in British India, two as commissioners, and three as district officers; and whether he will also consider the advisability of removing what is described as inequality in the mode of trial of Europeans, British subjects, and natives of India, and of making Cochin a port for ocean liners?

The hon. Member has been good enough to send me a copy of the pamphlet referred to. It. raises a number of fundamental questions of policy which are not, I fear, susceptible of satisfactory discussion by means of question and answer.