To the Editor of the Crimson:
I feel it unfortunate that you have printed only an article by Mr. Clay, on the International Student Conference in Washington. It seems to me that his viewpoint was too one-sided to give your readers a fair idea of the Conference.
In the first place, after there had been many explosive sessions of the different delegations, the Indian and the English delegations got together and reached an agreement to the effect that negotiations must be reopened immediately on the question of Indian freedom. This statement was accepted by the rest of the delegations. India is probably the touchiest question on the diplomatic horizon at the present moment, and it is a definite achievement that representations of the students of both England and India could reach a compromise satisfactory to both of them, instead of a stalemate.
Among the other points of great importance in the credo to which the students agreed are: (these are summaries, not direct quotes) There shall be no idea of racial superiority, and within countries all minorities shall give up some of their national sovereignty to a world organization. Raw materials, etc., shall be used for the good of all instead the benefit of a few. These three points may seem commonplace today, but think back no further than 1939 and try to imagine student delegates from a great majority of the nations of the world including the United States, agreeing to them.
Even though the credo had been a complete failure, the Conference would have been worth-while. For, in the cause of international understanding and good will, at least as much was accomplished by informal conversation over meals, in the lobbies, and wherever delegates came together, as in the formal sessions, perhaps even more. Julia C. Deaue, Radcliffe '44. (Delegate of The Student League of America to the International Student Conference.