31 MAY 1930, Page 18

[To the Editor of the SPECTAron..] Sm,—In the many paragraphs

written almost daily in our newspapers on the Indian situation, very few of the writers of these able articles mention a word about the Indian States, which do play, and will continue to play, such a very important part in Indian politics and in the future destinies of that great country.

- It seems almost unbelievable how little the British public know, and how apathetic they are, concerning that great loyal body of people who inhabit a large part of India.

The States are sound bulwarks against the possibility of

very serious chaos in British India ; and it is comforting to know that we haVe the confidence of the Princes, who have rendered us such signal service in the past, and who, provided we take them into our confidence, will -continue to help in the development of India and the Empire. It would be' well to pay careful attention to their leaders, and to encourage this bond of friendship now existing between.ourselves and the Princes.

As one who has had much experience in that country I feel that the Indian States, provided we give them their due; Will go a long way to help attain a happy solution of the troubles which confront that unsettled country.—I am, Sir, &c., ' 247 Jersey Road, Osterley,'Middlesex. - JAS. WHITE.