Towards Freedom Documents on the movement for Independence in India 1947, Part 1

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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.

Author Biography

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
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

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