India's Political Crisis

India's Political Crisis

India's Political Crisis

India's Political Crisis

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The object of this book is to present a detached, historical account of the events leading up to India's Political Crisis of 1929, and to interpret in an unbiased, non-partisan manner the aspirations of the various political parties as to India's future. To do full justice to these aspirations and the reasons for them, the words of their leading exponents have been accurately quoted and given all the space requisite to an adequate presentation of their respective views. Only upon this basis of past facts and present opinions, the author believes, can a just conclusion be formed as to the source, strength, meaning and possibilities of India's national ideals.

It was the author's original purpose to permit the story alone to speak for itself. But a valued critic of his manuscript has suggested the desirability of a preliminary summary and "balancing" of the various plans and their party sponsors. This task will accordingly be attempted in a brief preface.

It will be seen that the first and overshadowing issue involved is the question of whether India shall strive at once for complete "Independence," or for "Dominion Status": that is, shall India secede from the British Empire and become a completely independent and sovereign state; or shall it remain within the empire on the basis of a "ministerial government," a national executive responsible to a . . .

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