India Today: The Background of Indian Nationalism

India Today: The Background of Indian Nationalism

India Today: The Background of Indian Nationalism

India Today: The Background of Indian Nationalism

Excerpt

The purpose of this small book is to assist in creating a wider understanding of the contemporary political situation in India. An attempt has been made to present in concise form only those first, simple facts which anyone should know who wishes to have an elementary understanding of the Indian political problem.

This book was first published in pamphlet form in Canada in October 1941, under the auspices of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, an unofficial and non-political body which exists to promote an understanding of international questions and problems. This edition has been revised and brought up to date so as to include reference to the important developments connected with the British Government's proposals regarding India made in March 1942 and the visit to India of Sir Stafford Cripps to discuss these proposals with Indian political leaders.

The authors have refrained throughout from expressing any opinions of their own, preferring to present what in their judgment appear to be the elementary, significant facts of the Indian political situation and, where possible, to allow the various conflicting opinions and attitudes, especially in the most recent period, to find expression by suitable quotation.

The following extract from the Foreword to the original Canadian edition is worth repeating here:

"Two points should be emphasized. Firstly, no attempt has been made to give a picture of the living, thinking, feeling India, with its long background of history and culture, its diverse races and religions and its whole infinitely complex pattern of life. Needless to say, an understanding of these other varied aspects of Indian life and background is of the utmost importance to anyone who wishes to acquire an intelligent and sympathetic understanding of the problems which . . .

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