ABSTRACT

Early in August 1921 Mr. Rushbrook Williams, the Government of India publicity man, visited Madras, in the course of a tour of inspection of provincial publicity offices, bringing with him Major Crawford, and Mr. K. S. Roy of the Indian Associated Press. I had previously got the impression that he heartily disliked the whole spirit in which we in Madras did our work, and that impression was strengthened by the fact that he did not come to see me and talk about it, but instead had a long interview with Mr. Knapp, then Private Secretary to the Governor. In that interview, Knapp told me, he three times started to speak of "My publicity officers," and each time Knapp pulled him up and reminded him that publicity officers were officers of the governments of their respective provinces, and responsible to them alone. Our chairman, Rao Bahadur T. Rangachariar, invited the three visitors from Simla to a vegetarian banquet in his house, and, to my great delight, in his speech of welcome said that it was very good for them to come to Madras and learn how publicity should be carried on.