East Africa (Pro-Indian Agitators).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Mr. C. F. Andrews, one of the pro-Indian agitators in East Africa, is reported to have been recently consulting Mr. Gandhi and obtaining his advice upon the East African situation; whether he will give instructions that methods of agitation of this nature shall not be permitted in East Africa; and whether he will refuse permission to land to those persons trying to introduce them?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I have received no information of communications between the Reverend C. F. Andrews and Mr. Gandhi of the kind referred to by the hon. Baronet. If he can furnish me with evidence of the organisation of agitation in East Africa by persons outside I shall give careful consideration to it.

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

Is it the case that our difficulties in East Africa are caused by the Gandhi agitation in India?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

No, but I suppose they have been accentuated by it.

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

Will the agitators be treated there the same as Gandhi has been treated in India?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I think the authorities on the spot have taken the necessary action.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Do I understand the right hon. Gentleman to compare the Indian agitation for equal rights in Kenya with the agitation of the non-co-operative movement in India?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

There would certainly be no excuse for the hon. and gallant Gentleman understanding me to do that. Nothing in the words which have fallen from my lips justifies that. It is a total misapprehension of the facts.