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A History of the SikhsVolume 2: 1839-2004$
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Khushwant Singh

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195673098

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.001.0001

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Prelude to the Partition of India

Prelude to the Partition of India

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(p.252) 16. Prelude to the Partition of India
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A History of the Sikhs
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Khushwant Singh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673098.003.0016

This chapter examines the events that led to the partition of India. It begins with the general elections from 1945 to 1946, which marked the start of a movement towards a free and united India. It is followed by a discussion of the Cabinet Mission, which helped obtain the Indian leaders’ views on the kind of constitution they wanted for India. The Cabinet Mission proposed a three-tiered constitution that consisted of a union, of groups of provinces, and of individual provinces that had residuary powers. On 26 October 1946, a meeting of Congress leaders, the League, and Baldev Singh was conducted in London to gain the co-operation of all the parties within the Constituent Assembly, since the League had made it clear that they were unwilling to participate.

Keywords:   partition of India, general elections, Cabinet Mission, Indian constitution, residuary powers, Baldev Singh, Constituent Assembly

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