Thus, the Indian army developed as an army of mercenaries in the interest of imperialist power, totally cut off from the mainstream of the people, without national objectives, and deliberately kept away from the political environment. It is an army like this that the Indian government received as a legacy of the British. After August 15, 1947, the Indian army, alongside its anti-national heritage, was placed for two years under the supreme command of General Boucher, British commander-in-chief. Our training in defence services continued to be in the hands of the imperialists, as was the case at Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, where in October 1950 «the commander, General W.D.A. Lontaigne, entered the main conference room, interrupted the speaker and denounced our leaders for their short-sightedness and inaction in the face of Chinese action» … I do not want to think about the indulgence of this House, but after all, we must ask ourselves, at this early stage, whether, once things have gone so far — and my opinions are well known on this — we can find a better way to save India from the bloodbath that could be so close. I cannot doubt that, at first glance, and among the unknown factors that are positively resigned, it seems that a settlement of this line may offer India a prospect of flight from one of the most abominable disasters that have ever ravaged the vast expanses of Asia. Of course, we cannot form opinions on the very large contours and intricate details that have been given; Nor can we form strong opinions without knowing what the actual facts will be with what they hope will be from the government, the viceroy and other indian officials. However, I`ll say right away, with regard to the right Hon. s statement on the upcoming legislation, that if the facts correspond to the contours with which we were presented this afternoon, and when it is necessary, as I understand it, legislation should be introduced 43 to transfer power, under Dominion conditions, to quickly implement the different parts of India so that they can decide their future for themselves that such legislation is considered or that long delays must pass after its adoption before it enters into force. That is why, while we reserve all our freedom to discuss details, we will not oppose bills giving the different parts of India dominion status that can be presented to us on the basis of the Prime Minister`s statement this afternoon. The Prime Minister said it was thanks to the viceroy.

These are issues on which it is now extremely difficult to express strong opinions, but if the hopes in this statement are confirmed, there will indeed be great recognition, not only to the Viceroy, but also to the Prime Minister who advised Her Majesty to appoint him.