The Start of the Decolonisation Process of the British Empire: The Dominions, and the Commonwealth.

The Start of the Decolonisation Process of the British Empire: The Dominions, and the Commonwealth.

The British government, however, was still able to withstand a concerted opposition from Indian nationalists although the demand for independence had been growing through the twentieth century. By promising separate representation to Muslims, and  other groups, the British were able to forestall independence, with Hindus and  Muslims generally unable to co-operate fully in their demands for political  power. Yet the Indians, although divided, were making the British presence difficult to maintain. By their nationalist strivings the Indians had pushed the course of political development faster than most British authorities had ever contemplated. The Indians were asserting that they too could exercise a full political maturity equally with the white settlers of the British Commonwealth.

Notes:
1. W.R.JOHNSTON, Great Britain Great Empire, (Queensland: Queensland, J.P., 1981), pp. 120-170
2. ibid,, p. 121.
3. ibid.
4. ibid., p. 122
5. ibid., p. 123
6. ibid., p. 124

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