London (Sep. 2)
Maulans Shaukat Ali, the leader of the Indian Caliphate movement and the chief Moslem delegate to the forthcoming Indian Round Table Conference in London (he is at present in Jerusalem, having broken his journey from Cairo in order to see the Arab leaders in Palestine, and he will leave on Sunday to join the “Rajputana”, on which Ghandi is travelling, at Port Said, to continue his journey to Eondon), is putting forward a scheme for the restoration of the Caliphate, under the ex-Sultan of Turkey, with its seat in Jerusalem, it is stated here in Moslem circles. Quite a stir has been created in the Moslem colony in London by reports that the Maulana has already negotiated with the British Government regarding the scheme, which is said to have the support of the Moslem masses in India, and as Shaukat Ali has notified it, of the Moslem masses in Egypt, withwhose leaders he discussed it during his stay in Cairo. The National and Political League in London (with which Lord Brentford, the ex-Home Secretary, who is presiding at the anti-Zionist meeting which Shaukat Ali is to address at the Albert Hall on November 2nd., the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Lord Islington, Lord Lamington, Lord Danesfort, Colonel Howard-Bury, M.P., and other British politicians are associated) is also said to be supporting the scheme. Shaukat Ali intends, it is added, to utilise the opportunity of travelling to London on the same boat with Ghandi in order to bargain with him over the Hindu-Moslem Settlement in India, and to try to obtain his support for his Caliphate restoration scheme.
In London Moslem circles considerable interest is manifested in the scheme, but it is suggested that Damascus would be preferable as the seat of the restored Caliphate, because it would be free from the complications which would arise in Jerusalem.
A report received here from Jerusalem to-day says that Shaukat Ali stated yesterday in Jerusalem in the course of his talks with the Arab leaders there that he considered that the situation had grown much more serious since his last visit in January. The growing animosity of the Arabs towards the British was very noticeable, and he foresaw the possibility of a rapprochement between the Arabs and the Jews.