Report on India

Report on India

Report on India

Report on India

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Language is understood by nearly 150 million people. And one of Britain's greatest contributions to India is, of course, the English language, the administrative and higher educational medium of the country today. To that may be added the observation that Russia defends herself heroically and prints her communiqués in twelve different languages. Little Switzerland proclaims the neutrality of her four million people in four different tongues.

There is no such thing as an Indian climate. Some of the hottest, the coldest, the driest, and the wettest areas of the world are to be found in India. But then, there is no Russian climate either, or Chinese, or a climate marked 'U.S.A.' And most Londoners will agree that it is better to have definite climates in different areas than to sample every type in the same week and place!

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THE FIRST FOUR THOUSAND YEARS

IN INDIA some 4,500 years ago you could have rented a self-contained flat or apartment with bathroom and kitchen attached and a separate staircase from the street. The burnt brick house of your choice would have had ample doors and windows and might have been two or more storeys high. Water was not 'laid on' but you drew it from your own filter-well just outside, and, eminently practical detail, a chute from the tiled kitchen took the rubbish straight down to the street bin at the back.

Such is the startling detail with which excavations, begun in 1930 in Mohenjo Daro and Harappa of the Punjab province . . .

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