Indian Independence Bill

India, the 'jewel in the crown' of the British empire, was the first non-white colony to achieve independence. After centuries of British rule the transfer of power, which took place on 15 August 1947, was swift. Despite their desire to see a unified India, the government did not succeed in preventing the partitioning of the country and the creation of a separate Muslim state, Pakistan. Reproduced here is an extract from the Parliamentary Debates showing Prime Minister Attlee introducing the Indian Independence Bill in the House of Commons.
HLRO Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons, Fifth Series, vol. 439, cols. 2441-2446 (10 July 1947)

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