Freedom for India

Archive Report

New Attempt to Settle Indian Question

Approaching Visit of British Cabinet Mission to India

Three members of the British Cabinet are about to leave for India to renew negotiations on the demands of Indian political leaders for freedom from British rule. The mission, led by Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Secretary of State for India, includes Sir Stafford Cripps, who went to New Delhi on a similar errand in 1942.1 The Cripps negotiations of four years ago foundered on the question of arrangements for governing India during the remainder of the war. But the Cripps offer of dominion status at the end of the war and, with dominion status, the implicit right to secede from the British Commonwealth, was never withdrawn. It was assumed that, upon termination of hostilities, ...

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