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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

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

Khushwant Singh

Oxford University Press

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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