Short notes on the Cripps Mission (India)

Therefore on 11 March, he announced about sending Cripps Mission to India. The Mission reached India on 23 March, talked to different Indian leaders for nearly twenty days and then offered its proposals. It offered Dominion status to India after the war and even the right to secede.

According to Michael Brecher, "The one cause of deputing the Cripps Mission to India was the individual satyagraha led by Gandhi." The British public opinion was turned towards the view that some sort of understanding with the Indians was necessary and even the conservative party headed by Winston Churchill could not ignore it.

Therefore on 11 March, he announced about sending Cripps Mission to India. The Mission reached India on 23 March, talked to different Indian leaders for nearly twenty days and then offered its proposals. It offered Dominion status to India after the war and even the right to secede. It provided for a constitution committee after the war and the provinces to be free to frame their own constitution.

All the parties rejected it. The Mission failed because of the attitude of the conservative party. The government did not desire to share power with the Indians during the war. Cripps was also not completely free to negotiate with the Indians. Cripps blamed Gandhi and the congress leaders for the failure of his mission. Gandhi described the cripps mission, as a 'Post-dated cheque'. The cripps Mission, though failed influenced, the course of events that shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent.