Montagu–Chelmsford Report

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The First World War both increased Britain's need for Indian men and matériel and presented the Indian national movement with an opportunity to demand constitutional reform. Edwin Montagu, the secretary of state, was sent to India in 1917 and, together with Viceroy Lord Chelmsford, prepared the report which was to lead the country towards ‘responsible self‐government’. However, the reforms, which were extremely cautious, proved a grave disappointment to Indian national opinion.

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