The Case for India

The Presidential Address Delivered by Annie Besant at the Thirty-Second Indian National Congress held at Calcutta

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Author: Annie Besant
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,544 / 62 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.7
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 1,364
Added to site: 2006.09.20
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Genre: Politics
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er to every prisoner and interned captive, held for political crime or on political suspicion, the opportunity of serving the Empire at the front. They might, if thought necessary, form a separate battalion or a separate regiment, under stricter supervision, and yet be given a chance of redeeming their reputation, for they are mostly very young.

The financial burden incurred in consequence of the above conflicts, and of other causes, now to be mentioned, would not have been so much resented, if it had been imposed by India on herself, and if her own sons had profited by her being used as a training ground for the Empire. But in this case, as in so many others, she has shared Imperial burdens, while not sharing Imperial freedom and power. Apart from this, the change which made the Army so ruinous a burden on the resources of the country was the system of "British reliefs," the using of India as a training ground for British regiments, and the transfer of the men thus trained, to be replaced by new ones

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