The Prince and the Mahatma

Noel Carrington recalls how he was a Witness to the Past, as the Prince of Wales toured India in 1921.

It is sixty years since. Edward, Prince of Wales, set out on a tour of India – a tour more extended than that undertaken by his great-nephew Prince Charles, and of course of far greater political significance, for was he not heir to the throne of a monarch who enjoyed the title of Emperor of India? Circumstances were such that equal importance was attached to its success by the British Government in Whitehall and by the Government of India in Delhi: and still more, as I propose to show, by the British community in India at the time. The utter failure of these expectations resulted in. disillusionment and bitterness from which I think Anglo-Indian relations never really recovered.

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