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Part of the Towards Freedom series, this volume brings together primary sources and archival documents for the period 1 January 1947 to 2 June 1947. Part I consists of two sections. These two sections together discuss Constituent Assembly, interim government, various political alternatives and developments, the civil disobedience movements organized by Muslim League in various parts of the country. It also examines communalism in provinces, the demand for partition in Punjab and Bengal as well as the role of the last viceroy, volunteer organizations and the problem of refugees and minority groups. The introduction by Sucheta Mahajan situates the movements in the historical context and underlines their importance in the politics of the year 1947. This book will interest scholars, teachers, and students of modern Indian history, particularly those interested in the Indian national movement.
Sucheta Mahajan is a professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya is former Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research.
Table of Contents
Calendar of Documents General Editor's Preface Volume Editor's Introduction SECTION I. 1 JANUARY 1947 TO 22 MARCH 1947: 1. Constituent Assembly 2. Political Developments in Early 1947 3. Functioning of the Interim Government 4. The Last Viceroy 5. Statement of 20 February 1947 and its Aftermath 6. Communalism: General 7. Civil Disobedience Movements by the Muslim League 8. Communalism: Provinces 9. Demand for Partition 10. Volunteer Organizations 11. Minorities 12. Refugees SECTION II. 23 MARCH 1947 TO 2 JUNE 1947: 13. Constituent Assembly 14. Interim Government 15. Exploring Political Alternatives 16. Making of the 3 June Plan 17. Contending with Communalism 18. Communalism: Provinces 19. Muslim League Civil Disobedience Movement in Assam and NWFP 20. Division of Punjab 21. Bengal: United or Divided 22. Exercising Options: Referendum in North-West Frontier Province and Sylhet 23. Minority Groups and Displaced Populations 24. Volunteer Organizations Index