ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Preparation for Partition

Preparation for Partition A LULL in the flow of events is non- toriously deceptive and contemporary observers often miss its significance. Much later, in retrospect, does it dawn on the participants themselves, let alone (he observers, that, unknown to them, events were being shaped in a way likely to alter radically the existing scheme of things. One such phase was the period between August 1945 to March 1946, between the collapse of the Simla Conference convened by Wavell and the arrival of the Cabinet -Mission to India. Apparently, nothing happened; yet it was during this period of lull that the way was paved for the partition of India in a manner few realised then or would have known even today but for the publication of the latest volume in the series of documents on the constitutional relations between Britain and India.0 It was during the period covered by this volume that the homework on partition was done. The economic viability and defence potential of Pakistan, the procedure for bringing it into being, should negotiations on all-India federation fail, the problem of partitioning the Punjab and Bengal were all discussed threadbare.

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