Lloyd, LWH (2018) An acutely embarrassing affair: Whitehall and the Indian-South African dispute at the United Nations (1946). Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 46 (5). pp. 909-934. ISSN 0308-6534

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Before the Second World War it was a cardinal Commonwealth principle that intra-imperial disputes must be kept away from international fora. Yet in 1946 the not-yet-independent India complained to the United Nations about South African legislation discriminating against people of Indian origin. It did so without seeking Britain’s approval, and went on to level fierce criticism at Britain’s opposition to the UN General Assembly’s discussion of the matter. This article explains the circumstances which led to these events; uncovers the divergent responses of the relevant British government departments – the India Office, the Dominions Office, and the Foreign Office – and shows how they were resolved; depicts the way in which Britain’s delegation to the General Assembly handled the matter; and discusses the significance and consequences of the dispute for South Africa and for Anglo-Indian relations.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Indians in South Africa, 1946 India-South Africa dispute, UN General Assembly, UN Charter, British Government departments, Commonwealth, Field Marshal Jan Smuts, racial discrimination, human rights
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 08:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2018 14:38
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5266

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