Churchill, Roosevelt and India: Propaganda During World War by Auriol Weigold

By Auriol Weigold

As the us was once drawn into the second one global warfare, strain grew from a couple of international locations for India’s independence. best Minister Churchill, in Britain's identify, engaged intentionally in propaganda within the usa to cajole the yankee public and, via it, President Roosevelt that India shouldn't be granted self-government at the moment. Weigold adroitly unravels the explanations why this propaganda crusade used to be deemed useful by way of Churchill, within the technique, revealing the campaign’s results for nationalist Indians.

In 1942 Sir Stafford Cripps went to India to supply constrained self-government at some point of the struggle. despite the fact that, while negotiations among Churchill and his newly convened India Committee collapsed, the failure of the talks used to be publicized within the usa as an issue of Indian intransigence and never Britain’s failure to negotiate—a spin of the inside track that severely affected public opinion. depending upon wide archival examine, Weigold exposes the distance among Britain’s propaganda account and either the reputable and unofficial documents of the direction the negotiations took. Weigold concludes that in the drafting, growth and deliberate failure of Cripps’ supply, this episode within the imperial endgame revolved round Churchill and Roosevelt, leaving Indian leaders with no impression over their quick political destiny.

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