Although thought to be a confirmed bachelor, Barton falls in love with and marries Eve Heriz-Smith, a woman of intelligence, social conscience, and charm. Their married life in Peshawar is set against a background of mounting anxiety as troubles escalate south of the Indus, with Gandhi appearing on the scene and Congress gaining in status. Realizing the need for reform as the clamour for self government gains momentum, Edwin Montagu, the Secretary of State in London, arrives and meets many leaders, British and Indian, prior to writing a report advocating a system of ‘dyarchy’ with new legislatures and shared responsibility. Roos Keppel is among those interviewed and he insists that the frontier is a different problem to the rest of India. The Afghan leader, Amir Habibullah, is assassinated and his son Amanullah’s pro-Turkish and anti-British attitude provide further cause for concern.
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