MEANT AS JEST.
Remarks About White
INDIAN VISITOR'S EXPLANATION.
Mr. P. Gupta, assistant manager of the Indian Hockey team, referred at a dinner last night to remarks he had made at Tamworth. He was a newspaperman himself, he said, and did not like to see a mountain made out of a molehill. The remarks, made by him In jest, had unfortunately been taken seriously.
The team, he declared, was not visiting Aus- tralia for sport alone, but to show that Indians were gentlemen and could behave as such.
[Speaking at Tamworth last week, in reply to a civic welcome, Mr. Gupta said that he hoped that more Indians would be permitted to come to Australia if necessary. This "all white" policy had never appealed to him. India being part and parcel of the British Empire, he said, there should not be any ban on its people entering any country under the Union Jack. The privilege of entering the country should not be reserved for sportsmen alone.]