A SECTION of the Anglo-Indian newspapers have been publishing hints for Government on the best way of meeting a deficit which they consider a certainty in the forthcoming budget. Normal returns are possible under some of the principal heads of revenue, such as land tax, income tax, salt, stamp, etc., but there is a great drop under opium and under customs, railways and excise which together might cause a serious deficit and necessitate fresh taxation. The country does not shrink from its duty. But what shall we say of the selfish section which objects to any enhancement of income-tax? The Government of India are seriously asked to tax the poor man's salt and exempt maximum salaries and cent. per cent. profits! The Government of India know their duty well enough and do not require to be told who are the classes that are able to bear a temporary extra burden.
"Sedition" in India
THIS is not the time for criticism and protest of writings and speeches on the so-called revolutionary movement in India. Our one aim on the present occasion is to present a united front to the common enemy of the Empire of which India is an integral part. Everything else should be subordinated to the attainment of this aim and internal disagreements reserved for settlement by consent on the termination of the war. It is for this reason that we do not propose to take as seriously as some of our contemporaries do the unqualified references to what is described as revolutionary movement. Some English papers of the mail week also appear to attach undue importance to isolated cases such as the Poona sedition case recently decided and the Delhi case still pending in appeal before the Chief Court.