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The Indian Review April 1911 A Monthly Periodical devoted to the discussion of all topics of Interest




The exposure in the columns of the Times of India of the inordinatly long hours during which the Bombay mills were worked ih 1905 first opened the eyes of theGoverment of India and of the British public. [...] The fact that the Bombay MilOwner ' Association twice passed resolutions expressing their desire to keep the working of their mills to 12 hours a day at once disposes of the theory of the Lancashire origin of the present factory legislation and justfies the action of the Government of India in having undertaken legislation to restrict the working of Indian Textile Factories to 12 hours a da [...] The men who have talked most about the injury that will be done to the Indian industries by a statutory restriction of the hours of labour of the mill-operatives are the men who have least studied the economic aspect of the question. [...] But the chief argument against the Legislative proposals of the Government embodied in the Factory Bill that was heard a good deal both in the Imperial Legislative Council and in the columns of the Indian press was the objection on principle to the interference of the State with adult labour. [...] In the race of nations in the interests of Indians of the British Empire and of humanity itself it will be unwise to let things drift and do nothing to remove the ignoance of the vast adult population of the land.


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