This chapter first describes the series of terrorist outrages that took place in 1909, the most sensational being the assassination of Sir William Curzon Wyllie, the political ADC to the Secretary of State for India, by an Indian student, Madan Lal Dhingra, in London. It then discusses the Anglo-Indian reaction to these outrages, which included a Press Bill that authorized district officers to demand securities from newspapers and printing presses. To Gokhale, it seemed ‘a cruel irony of fate’ that one of the first measures placed before the reformed central legislature should have been for the curtailment of the liberty of the press.
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