Prelude to the Partition of India

Khushwant Singh

in A History of the Sikhs

Second edition

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195673098
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080595 | DOI:
Prelude to the Partition of India

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This chapter examines the events that led to the partition of India. It begins with the general elections from 1945 to 1946, which marked the start of a movement towards a free and united India. It is followed by a discussion of the Cabinet Mission, which helped obtain the Indian leaders’ views on the kind of constitution they wanted for India. The Cabinet Mission proposed a three-tiered constitution that consisted of a union, of groups of provinces, and of individual provinces that had residuary powers. On 26 October 1946, a meeting of Congress leaders, the League, and Baldev Singh was conducted in London to gain the co-operation of all the parties within the Constituent Assembly, since the League had made it clear that they were unwilling to participate.

Keywords: partition of India; general elections; Cabinet Mission; Indian constitution; residuary powers; Baldev Singh; Constituent Assembly

Chapter.  4038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sikhism

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