The Decolonization Of India During The World War II

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Pre-World War II worldviews were that the sun never set on the British Empire. The British Empire held colonies around the world and enjoyed the spoils. Unfortunately, all good things must end. For Britain, this meant their Empire. With World War II, however, Britain’s grasp on worldwide colonization began to shake. The war weakened Britain, leading to a worldwide decolonization effort. India was one of the first colonies to declare independence as well as one of the most important. The decolonization of India was a multifactorial event that shaped many events in history. Although India today is a prosperous nation, they could not have gotten to this point without a few bumps on the way. In 1947, Britain had no other option but to grant independence to India leading to mass migration of people and ideas, leaving India’s economy in shambles, and causing social tensions between the two partitioned countries that took years to smooth out. The Indian independence and constitution process began long before 15 August 1947, India’s Independence Day. This process was a long struggle for independence from Britain (Chandra 150). By the 1880’s, Britain was pulling the majority of the wealth out of India, prospering from the natural resources. Resistors in India established the Indian National Congress in response to this injustice (Gordon 1). This organization focused on obtaining more control in the government. This movement worked, but only partially. With Britain pulling the…

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