Divided India

Divided India

Divided India

Divided India

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My purpose in writing this book is to make a small contribution, if I can, to better understanding between Britons and Americans. In common with many other Americans, I have come to feel that our close association and sympathetic understanding are essential to the peace of the world in these disputatious times. The so-called problem of India has often been an impediment to those good relations. It is my feeling that much of that impediment can be removed if Americans acquaint themselves a little more fully with some factors in the Indian case that are not always brought to public attention.

The Indian political situation has, for a number of years, been a contest. It has been a contest between Indian points of view and British points of view. Americans have been made more familiar with the former than with the latter. I am trying here to bring both points of view into focus by a more detailed analysis of some British attitudes than has been customary in writing about India. I believe and hope that if Americans will take some of these points of view into account their judgments of the Indian scene will be more accurate and their relationship with Britons less susceptible to misunderstanding.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge my very great indebtedness to a large number of able civil servants in India, both British and Indian, who have helped me, over a period of some years, to assemble this material. I owe an especial debt of gratitude to Sir Frederick Puckle and his associates in the Department of Information in the Government of India, Messrs. Natarajan, Thapar and Bokhari. Their friendly counsel has always been stimulating as well as enlightening.

The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect, in any sense, the policies or judgments of my employer, The New York Times. I am happy, however, to express my appreciation for the sympathetic help that I have had from my colleagues on The New York Times, and especially to note the encouragement of Mr. Neil MacNeil.

The maps in this book are the work of another of my colleagues on the Times, J. Russell Walrath, chief cartographer, whose practical enthusiasm for geography is always a great help.

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