The Cripps’ Mission

by Ben Alford

During April Cripps was sent to India to offer full dominion status and the right to take over as soon as the war was over. He also put forward the idea that any province that was not keen to join the new India should be allowed to become an independent state on its own.
•In 1942 Nehru and Congress turned down the offer of Dominion status at the end of the war. They requested an immediate cabinet government with complete power and the decisions to be made by Indians in India. However Britain refused.

• The Indian Congress also wanted a united India and therefore was not prepared to accept independent provinces. Congress decided alternatively to support Gandhi’s non-violent ‘Quit India’ Campaign

 

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