Aga Khan III Event - 1919-10-10
October 10, 1919 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave evidence before the joint select committee on the Government of India Bill. He spoke of the making of the 1919 reforms.
'For a century and a half, English institution and sentiments have been moulding Indian political ideas. The very fact that this Bill is before the British Parliament shows that we must seek progress at this transitional stage in conformity with English views and English institutions. Under these circumstances, responsible government must be our way towards evolving in the future, some plan more suited to a congeries of great states, such as India will become, and I believe the way will be found in something akin to the American Federal Plan, plus the initiative and the referendum and possibly even the recall.' (Aziz; 648)
The original text can be found in Joint Select Committee on the Government of India Bill Volume II: Minutes of Evidence ordered by the House of Commons, printed 17 November 1919.