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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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India’s Fateful Hour

India’s Fateful Hour

(p.211) 21 India’s Fateful Hour
The Feringhees

Elizabeth Hamilton

Oxford University Press

The chapter opens with the assassination of Sir Michael O’Dwyer in London and Sir William’s lucky escape. He joins a Ministry of Supply Mission that travels out to stimulate the manufacture of munitions. On his return he writes India’s Fateful Hour. He comes out uncompromisingly on the side of the minorities and, along with Rushbrook Williams, warns of the dangers of the growing calls for a separate Muslim state. There are fears of civil war as Muslims become more resentful at the prospect of Hindu rule. A new War Cabinet is set up including some Indian princes. Sir Stafford Cripps is sent out to India armed with a declaration offering wider representation but it is rejected. He establishes a good relationship with the press and the importance of this is recognised in the appointment of Sir Evelyn Wrench, Sir William’s friend, as American Relations Adviser in Delhi. Mr Jinnah’s character is outlined. Lord Wavell is appointed Viceroy. A Gandhi fast ends, the Japanese advance is halted, and there is a growing feeling in British circles that there are sound economic reasons for a quick handover.

Keywords:   Michael O’Dwyer assassination, Ministry of Supply, Rushbrook Williams, War Cabinet, Sir Stafford Cripps, Cripps Mission, Sir Evelyn Wrench, Gandhi, Jinnah, Lord Wavell

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