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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 12. August 20, 1947

India

India

While the Union Jack was being hauled down in New Delhi, a rainbow appeared in the sky. At the same time a celebration was being held in Wellington, where speeches were made by prominent members of the Indian Community, by the Prime Minister, and by representatives of several organisations, including VUCSA, which was represented by its President, Harold Dowrick. Generally speaking, I could not feel proud of the showing made by the New Zealanders who spoke. Mr. Fraser reproduced some well worn cliches, emphasising the responsibility which goes with self-government and almost implying that this was lacking. His sentiments were echoed by the other English speakers, except Mr. Dowrick, who stressed the part played by India in two world wars, and Mr. Gapadhar, also a VUC student, who outlined the history of British domination in India.