[British Secretary of State for India's response to 'grievances from which it is alleged that Indian students suffered'.] Pamphlet titled 'Memorandum on the Position of Indian Students in the United Kingdom.'

Author: 
Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain or Edwin Montagu, as Secretary of State for India [Indian Students' Friends' Society]
Publication details: 
No place, date or publishing details, but with slug: '10DE - 2,050 - 20-6-18 [i.e. printed on 20 June 1918] = GCPS'. [Indian Students' Friends' Society?]
£150.00
SKU: 22928

The Secretary of State for India's memorandum is printed here without a date, so it is unclear whether it was written by Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain or his successor (from July 1917) Edwin Montagu. 26pp, 8vo. Stapled and in grey wraps with title on cover: 'MEMORANDUM | ON THE | Position of Indian Students | IN THE | United Kingdom.' In good condition, with rusted staples. The first page has the drophead title and introductory passage: 'The Position of Indian Students in the United Kingdom. | On the 19th July 1916, a representation was addressed by the Indian Students' Friends' Society to His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor-General in Council in which were set forth certain grievances [fr]om which it is alleged that Indian students suffered in the United Kingdom. As the allegations cited had reference to the Department for Indian students at the India Office and certain institutions such as the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, London medical schools, the Inns of Court and the Institution of Civil Engineers, the representation was forwarded to the Secretary of State and in reply the Secretary of State has forwarded the following memorandum dealing with the main points put forward in the representation.' Beneath this is printed the 'MEMORANDUM', concluding with a discussion of racism (including praise for 'the liberality with which these universities have thrown open their doors to Indian students for the last 50 years, and have let them share in their endowments whenever they have merited scholarships and prizes') and assertion that there is 'a genuine desire on the part of authorities and universities and colleges in this country to make the stay of Indian students here profitable and pleasant to them; but there is a feeling of disappointment in the lack of response to such a welcome on the part of the Indian [sic] themselves'. See Paul R. Deslandes' 1998 paper in the Journal of British Studies, 'The Foreign Element: Newcomers and the Rhetoric of Race, Nation, and Empire in Oxbridge Undergraduate Culture, 1850-1920'. No copy on WorldCat, and the only copy on Library Hub Discover (COPAC) at the London School of Economics Library, misdated to 1916. From the papers held at the headquarters of the National Indian Association and the Northbrook Society, 21 Cromwell Road, London.