India and the Empire
Publication:
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 1 Apr 1920, p. 158-168


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India and the Empire


Ways in which the war brought the Old Country and Canada into a better understanding of each other. Realizing that a new Empire was born in the fierce travail of those blood-stained fields of France and Flanders. The great Imperial indebtedness in money. Not underestimating the British, even in the face of Imperial indebtedness, a depreciated currency, possible labour difficulties, a crippled mercantile marine, disturbed trade, world need, world rivalry. Details of conditions in the Old Country, with figures. The Empire, under these conditions, setting out on the most stupendous adventure in India. Making an attempt to bring new freedom to the people of India. The immensely difficult business that this is. Factors that make this issue so difficult, such as India's diver languages and races. Allowing democracy to grow. A democracy as a danger unless it is a well-trained one. Remembering that the German enemy is not dead, and he is not sleeping. The importance of sea-power. Canada today on the threshold of immense development. The kind of work in which the speaker is engaged as probably the best solution of the difficulties and the dangers of India. The speaker's belief that one missionary is worth more than a battalion. Putting foreign missions on the right plane.