845.00/1386: Telegram

The Officer in Charge at New Delhi (Merrell) to the Secretary of State

506. An Indian member of Viceroy’s Executive Council stated to Berry last night that declaration by President Roosevelt would create entirely different atmosphere here. He added that Azad was absolutely opposed to civil disobedience program and pointed out that he was in strong position for reason mentioned in my 501, July 21, noon. These statements were quite unsolicited by Berry. There is also further evidence that a gesture from President would be welcomed in high official quarters here.