This book examines the interplay of imperial, national and communal conflicts during the most crucial phase of India's national movement. By looking at the independence and partition that took place between 1945 and 1947, it covers a wide range of political events and the positions taken by the British, the Congress, the Muslim league and Hindu communal forces.
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
Nationalist Activity and Government Response at the End of the War
Planning of the Political Offer, the Simla Conference and its Breakdown
PART TWO: IMPERIALISM AND NATIONALISM
Congress Strategy and Popular Nationalist Activity
|Myth and Reality|
Imperial Hegemony and Colonial Policy
PART THREE: IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM
'Unite and Quit'
'Decide on a Date and Quit'
'Divide and Quit'
PART FOUR: NATIONALISM AND COMMUNALISM
Congress and the Muslim League's Demand for Pakistan
Two Faces of Hindu Communalism
|Majority Reaction, Minority Fears|
Hindu Communal Pressure on the Congress
PART FIVE: DENOUEMENT
Congress Accepts Partition
Why Gandhi Accepted the Decision to Partition India