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The Country Shows its Strength 1928–1934

Peter Heehs

in India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780195627985
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195627985.003.0009

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The Country Shows its Strength 1928–1934

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This chapter discusses the anti-Simon agitation; the Nehru Report; Jinnah and the Fourteen Points; the Lahore Congress and Independence Day; the first two phases of the Civil Disobedience Movement; the Round Table Conferences; the problem of untouchability; and militant revolution in the 1920s and 1930s. The agitation against the Simon Commission was a turning point in India’s struggle for freedom. It led to a second great mass movement that demonstrated the country’s fixed determination to be free from foreign rule. This showing of strength compelled the British government to deal with Indian leaders as equals. Negotiations begun during this period laid the constitutional foundations of independent India. In 1934, a hush seemed again to have fallen over the country. The Civil Disobedience police repression had silenced the physical-force movement.

Keywords: Simon Commission; Nehru Report; Lahore Congress; Civil Disobedience Movement; militant revolution; Indian independence; Jinnah; Fourteen Points; police repression

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