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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:13 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:13 AM (IST)

Characteristically Absurd.


IN its comment upon the incident at the Bombay War Conference the Civil and Military Gazette takes up a characteristically curious and absurd position. It writes:-" Mr. Tilak and some other Home rulers, after expressing their desire to support the Government, sought to convert the meeting into a platform for politics. They were ruled out of order, and retired from the meeting. Mr. Jinnah also, in the latter part of the proceedings, adopted a somewhat contumacious attitude and similarly marred the tenor of the meeting by a singularly unedifying passage at arms with the President. Lord Willingdon's speech included some plain-speaking on the attitude of the Home rulers with regard to the war, and he clearly brought home to them the inconsistency of their tactics with practical loyalty." In other words when Lord Willingdon talks politics and politics of a most controversial  character, he is only indulging in plain-speaking. If others follow his example, they are converting a meeting held for a highly laudable public purpose into a sinister platform for politics.  


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