100 Years Ago: Political unrest in India

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17 December 2008

December 18th, 1908.

IT IS only absolute necessity that just­i­fies the suspen­sion of the liberty of the subject, and that such necessity has arisen in India the opinion of natives, no less than that of British residents, appears to show. A Bill for the suppression of Associations was rapidly passed last week by the Viceroy in Council, giving the authorities power to deal sum­marily with rebellion. As we might have expected, there is an attempt amongst some “advanced” politi­cians at home to raise a loud outcry against Lord Morley [Secretary of State for India] and the Gov­ern­ment, but we do not suppose that it will come to much. There is too strong a desire not to risk a repetition of the Indian Mutiny, with all its horrors, the memory of which still vividly abides with us, and the uneasy forebodings of such a disaster that have been heard of late have created, we believe, a general impression that those who are responsible for the maintenance of order in the Indian Empire are fully warranted in adopting these stringent measures.

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