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The Personal Representative of the President in India ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State

208. For the President and Secretary, of State. All India Congress meets Allahabad on April 28. Nehru probably make strong bid to [Page 639] capture party outright on defense issue, driving Gandhist non-resisters out of picture. Nehru’s hand would he immensely strengthened if Britain, China and United States could issue joint statement Pacific war aims, specifically including freedom, self-determination for India and resolution defend India at all costs. Absolutely necessary to add weight of America, China to British promises to overcome Indian distrust of British which even stronger since Cripps’ failure. If to be done should just precede opening Congress.

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