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Indian Independence campaign

1929

Indian independence campaign

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    An anti-colonial pressure group, the India League campaigned for purna swaraj, complete independence from British rule. It aimed to educate public opinion, influence parliament and counter British propaganda about the effects of colonialism in India.

     

    Through a vigorous information campaign in national newspapers and pamphlets, meetings of factory workers, miners, women’s groups and students, its secretary, Krishna Menon built up the League into a large movement with branches all over Britain from Glasgow, Birmingham and Bristol to London, which alone had 13 branches.

     

    The majority of its members were not Asian, including notables like London School of Economics professor Harold Laski and parliamentarians Reginald Sorensen and Ellen Wilkinson. Many Asians in Britain also joined.

     

    The India League’s greatest achievement was the 1932 fact-finding mission to India. Revelations of British atrocities in its published report The Condition of India stunned the public. It was banned in India.

     

    Shelfmark: T 50260 (b)

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