845.00/1810: Telegram

Mr. William Phillips, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt in India, to the Secretary of State

164. The following resolution was passed yesterday by a committee of the leaders meeting here and in view of Gandhi’s physical condition was presented to the Viceroy last night without waiting for it to receive the approval of the plenary session today:

“This conference representing different creeds, communities and interests in India, gives expression to the universal desire of the people of this country that, in the interest of the future of India and notwithstanding international good will, Mahatma Gandhi should be released immediately and unconditionally.

“This conference views with gravest concern the serious situation that will arise if the Government fail to take timely action and prevent a catastrophe. This conference therefore urges the Government to release Mahatma Gandhi forthwith. [”]