By Nicholas Owen

From the formation of the Indian nationwide Congress in 1885 to the successful of independence in 1947, this e-book lines the complicated and infrequently stricken courting among anti-imperialist campaigners in Britain and in India. Nicholas Owen strains the efforts of British Radicals and socialists to spot kinds of anti-imperialism in India which equipped with ease with their current ideals and their feel of the way genuine innovative events have been imagined to paintings. at the different part of the connection, he charts the trajectory of the Indian nationwide Congress, because it shifted from appeals couched in language standard to British progressives to the fewer widely used vocabulary and strategies of Mahatma Gandhi. the recent Gandhian equipment of self-reliance had unwelcome implications for the paintings that the British supporters of Congress had commonly undertaken, resulting in the cave in in their major association and the precipitation of anti-imperialist paintings into the turbulent cross-currents of left-wing British politics. Metropolitan anti-imperialism grew to become principally a functionality of alternative commitments, even if communist, theosophical, pacifist, socialist or anti-fascist. Revealing the strengths and weaknesses of those connections, The British Left and India appears on the final failure to create the sturdy alliance among anti-imperialists which the British Empire's governors had regularly feared.Drawing on quite a lot of newly on hand archival fabric in Britain and India, together with the documents of campaigning corporations, political events, the British govt and the imperial safeguard prone, this booklet is a strong account of the varied and fragmented international of British metropolitan anti-imperialism.

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20 Introduction into an alliance with the Unionists and retired officials in Britain. Their campaign succeeded in obtaining at least the principle of separate electorates, partly due to Minto’s endorsement of it, but also to Morley’s desire not to give the Unionists an additional excuse to oppose his Bill. However, and surprisingly, this proved to be the peak of the London Branch’s activity. ³⁹ Jinnah, despite his lengthy stay in London from 1930 to 1934 made no effort to organise a body to counter the claims of Krishna Menon’s India League that Congress enjoyed the support of India’s Muslims and only the communallyminded and reactionary elements stood aloof.

Jinnah, despite his lengthy stay in London from 1930 to 1934 made no effort to organise a body to counter the claims of Krishna Menon’s India League that Congress enjoyed the support of India’s Muslims and only the communallyminded and reactionary elements stood aloof. ⁴⁰ This book is based mainly on archival sources, some newly available. From India, they include the records of the Indian National Congress; the correspondence and newspaper articles of many of its leaders, especially with their foreign supporters; the archive of the India League; and the papers of the Home (Political) Department of the Government of India.

This was easiest when the raj over-reached itself and employed clearly illiberal methods. This allowed critics to cast themselves as a patriotic opposition shocked by the employment of un-British techniques. Given the resourcefulness and adaptability of imperialists, such opportunities did not present themselves very often. But when they did, critics were sometimes able to seize the moral high ground. The line of safe political development in India, in the judgement of the India Office and the Government of India, rested on a careful and dynamic process of balancing and rebalancing alliances, and of always holding in reserve (at times of concession) the possibility of coercion, and (at times of coercion), the possibility of a lighter touch.

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