4 JANUARY 1930, Page 6

India We have discussed the new Indian situation in a

leading article, and here we need not do more than record the chief events. Lord Irwin's interview at Delhi with the leaders of the National Congress on Monday, December 23rd, ended in the failure which had been expected. Mr. Gandhi, a reluctant member of the delegation, made demands which the Viceroy could not possibly accept. He stated that it would be virtually impossible for representatives of the Congress to take part in the proposed Round Table Conference in London, unless His Majesty's Government pledged themselves in advance to support an immediate scheme for Dominion status. In vain Lord Irwin pointed out that the Government could not prejudge any question, and that the whole purpose of the Conference was to give full weight to every Indian point of view.