Scheduled for November publication and reported in October as follows:- ""Our Future In Asia"" (Viking) brought to many...



Scheduled for November publication and reported in October as follows:- ""Our Future In Asia"" (Viking) brought to many readers the first full realization of the dynamic potentials of the situation in the Orient. Now comes this book on the great question mark of India. It is an informative, objective book, with little to indicate any bias, one way or the other, which gives it a clarity, a sanity that is heartening (but that does not make it as challenging reading as a more emotional approach might do). He emphasizes the necessity of accepting the Asiatic insistence on change, a government of their own choosing and making. He traces the history of Britain in India,- the first period of aggrandisement, the second period of India as a gigantic, market, gradually changing over into a center of production in the third period, and finally, the impetus of the war, at the end of which India is a creditor nation. Britain is justifiably fearful of a political vacuum and chaos, opening the door to Russian intervention. He summarises the fixtures in point of view -- the British must get out; the Hindus and the Muslims must be recognized as different nations; some guarantee must be given the princes; agreement must precede the constitution. He feels that Americans oversimplify the problems by drawing comparison with the Philippines where there is greater homogeneity. He shows the causes for mistrust of the British and the reverse. He reviews the economic and sociological conditions, and the philosophical and political divisions that emphasize the splits. The final chapters deal with the progressive steps to compromise and the final plan of operation arrived at by Lord Wavell and the British Cabinet mission, and- at long last- considered with reservations by the Indian leaders. An important and valuable book.""...Note:- I have not seen the final chapter which, possibly, was revised to bring things up to date on the two months that have elapsed.

Pub Date: Feb. 17, 1946


Page Count: -

Publisher: Whittlesey

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1946