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The FeringheesSir Robert and Sir William — Two Europeans in India: Volume 2: The Straight Race$
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Elizabeth Hamilton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460113.001.0001

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The Fight for Federation

The Fight for Federation

(p.203) 20 The Fight for Federation
The Feringhees

Elizabeth Hamilton

Oxford University Press

The Third Round Table Conference takes place and progress is made towards a scheme for a federation. Sir William pays tribute to Sir Mirza Ismail’s judgement and expresses hopes in the press that the princely states can be included in a united self-governing India. The India Act seems to bring this possibility nearer, but there are delays and splits in the ranks of the maharajahs while Congress gains in strength, its influence spreading into the frontier region. William Saumarez Smith gives his account of life of a district officer at this time, with its long hours and many frustrations, and of the elections held in East Bengal with all the excitement and ‘dirty work’. Congress makes gains in the elections but boycotts the new Legislature in Calcutta. Sir William writes India’s North-west Frontier and takes up a post in the Ministry of Information after war breaks out.

Keywords:   Third Round Table Conference, Sir Mirza Ismail, India Act, Congress, princely states, William Saumarez Smith, East Bengal, Ministry of Information

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