1940-1949 | Divide and rule | India

Churchill – Hindu-Muslim feud ‘the bulwark of British rule in India’

2 February 1940 On 2 February 1940, during discussions in Cabinet, Winston Churchill, as First Lord of the Admiralty, strongly defended the status-quo in British India, blocking a proposal which would have allowed the subcontinent to draw up its own constitution once the war ended. He expressed shock when it was suggested that Hindus and…