Major Events Pre-1950

Shimla Conference 1945 to discuss India's Independence

Shimla Conference 1945 between Viceroy and various Indian leaders to discuss India's Independence

 

Read more: Shimla Conference 1945 to discuss India's Independence

Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 3 1947

Editor's note: The Viceroy met with several Indian leaders on June 3, 1947. The minutes of that meeting are attached below. Source:http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpregion/asia/india/indianindependence/indiapakistan/partition6/index.html This is followed by the broadcasts that took place later in the evening. The statement issued by the British Government on June 3, 1947 is also attached.

Read more: Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 3 1947

Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 2 1947

Indian leaders agree to Partition June 2, 1947 In the photograph, at the table, from left to right: Abdul Rab Nishtar, Sardar Baldev Singh, Acharya Kriplani, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Mountbatten, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, and Liaqat Ali Khan.

Read more: Acceptance of India's Partition by Indian leaders - June 2 1947

Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation special train

Editor's note:

This is an extract from the Railway Gazette, 5 March 1948, p.276. This material is reproduced here by permission granted generously by the Editor of the Railway Gazette International.

Read more: Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation special train

The Heroes of the INA Trials

Reginald Massey

Reginald was born in Lahore before Partition. He writes books on various subjects pertaining to South Asia. A former London journalist, he now lives in Mid Wales with his actor wife Jamila. His latest book is INDIA: Definitions and Clarifications (Hansib, London). A member of the Society of Authors, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Editor's note: This story is an expanded version of an excerpt from the author's book Azaadi!: stories and histories of the Indian subcontinent after Independence, Abhinav, Delhi 2005. It is reproduced here with the author's permission.

The Second World War ended in 1945 when I was a teenager, although I'm not sure whether the term `teenager' was invented then.

Read more: The Heroes of the INA Trials