The Impact of World Events 1939–1945

Peter Heehs

in India's Freedom Struggle 1857-1947

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780195627985
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080670 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The Impact of World Events 1939–1945

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This chapter describes the approach of the Second World War; the offer of forming an Indian constitution; the Cripps proposals; the plan to end British rule in India through a ‘Quit India Resolution’, the 1942 Revolt; Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army; and the Wavell Plan and the Simla Conference. As the Indian people grew conscious of their nationhood, India began to take its place in the comity of nations. After the failure of the Cripps mission, Gandhiji’s attitude towards the British underwent a fundamental change. The All-India Congress Committee endorsed the ‘Quit India Resolution’ on 8 August 1942. It authorized ‘the starting of a mass struggle on non-violent lines on the widest possible scale’.

Keywords: Indian constitution; Cripps mission; British rule; Quit India Resolution; Subhas Chandra Bose; 1942 Revolt; Indian National Army; Simla Conference; Wavell Plan; All-India Congress Committee

Chapter.  3960 words. 

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