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In Power in the Provinces 1935–1939

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/9780195627985.003.0010

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

In Power in the Provinces 1935–1939

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This chapter describes the situation after the Civil Disobedience Movement; the Government of India Act; Indian reactions to the new Act; provincial elections and the formation of ministries; the Muslims and the new ministries; the work of the Congress ministries; the rise of the Congress Left Wing; and the struggle in the states. The Civil Disobedience Movement demonstrated that the Indian people were willing to struggle and suffer to reach their goal of independence. But the British still held power, and they were determined to keep it as long as they could. The Government of India Act was the longest piece of legislation ever passed by the British Parliament. It was intended to be the basis of an enduring Anglo-Indian Raj; but in the event only part of it was put into effect, and that part lasted only two years.

Keywords: Civil Disobedience Movement; Government of India Act; provincial elections; Muslims; Congress ministries

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