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Secret telegram from the Viceroy of India to the British government commenting on Indian nationalist leader Gandhi in 1943
(Catalogue ref: PREM 4/49/3)
Catalogue ref: PREM 4/49/3; secret telegram about Gandhi, 1943
How to use this source
1 Study this source carefully. Ask yourself whether the source supports or contradicts the view that:
  • The British left India as soon as the people wanted them to
  • The British left because of the actions of important individuals
  • The British were forced out by peaceful political protests
  • The British were forced out by armed resistance
  • The British wanted to leave because the area was causing them problems
2 If you were an admirer of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

3 If you were a critic of the British empire, explain whether you would be able to use this source to support your viewpoint.

4 Is there any evidence here that Gandhi's non-violent methods of protest against British rule were effective?
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