11 MARCH 1922, Page 2

It would have been perfectly proper for the Government of

India to urge their points upon the home Government. We do not agree with them, but the Government of India are in a very tight place, and they have, of course, a perfect right, in fact a duty, to say what they believe. The wrongness of the whole thing is that an attempt has been made to force the hand of the British Government by declaring the ad hoc views of the Government of India to all the people of India. This is done at a time when Britain, France and Italy are about to discuss the whole situation in the Near East. The ground of discussion is rent asunder under our feet. The Moslems of India are en- couraged to claim in the interests of Turkey more than they ever dreamed of.