THE India into whose service John Anderson was now called stood at a climacteric of her constitutional development. In international and national affairs the position of the Indian Empire was contradictory and anomalous. In company with the British Dominions, India had been a signatory of the Treaties of Peace at Paris in 1919 at the conclusion of the First World War and had thus become automatically a charter member of the League of Nations. Yet her legal status fell considerably short of the requirement stated in the preamble to the Covenant: namely that membership of the League could only be enjoyed by ‘completely self-governing States, Dominions or Colonies’ — and this India certainly was not.
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