by the Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow, on “War Aims ' and “War
What are the intentions and aims of His
Majesty's Government relation to
That is the policy and that is the position.
These are the intentions of His Majesty's Government. Let me go on to say
another word about the Act of 1935. That Act was based on the greatest measure
of common agreement which it was possible to obtain at the time when it was
framed. It was based, as is well known to all of us, on the common labours of British and Indian statesmen, and of
…His Majesty's Government recognize that when the time comes to resume consideration of the plan for the future federal Government of India, and of the plan destined to give effect to the assurances given in Parliament by the late Secretary of State, to which I have just referred, it will be necessary to reconsider in the light of the then circumstances to what extent the details of the plan embodied in the Act of 1935 remain appropriate. And I am authorized now by His Majesty's Government to say that at the end of the war they will be very willing to enter into consultation with representatives of the several communities, parties, and interests in India, and with the Indian Princes, with a view to securing their aid and co-operation in the framing of such modifications as may seem desirable.
I have, I trust, in what I have just said, made clear that the intention and the anxiety of His Majesty's Government is, as stated in the Instrument of Instructions to the Governor-General, to further the partnership between India and the United Kingdom within the Empire to the end that India may attain her due place among the great Dominions. The scheme of Government embodied in the Act of 1935 was designed as an essential stage in that process. But I have made clear in what I have just said that His Majesty's Government will, at the end of the war, be prepared to regard the scheme of the Act as open to modification in the light of Indian views….