In 1909 the government announced the Morley-Minto Reforms to conciliate the moderate nationalists. Separate electorates were introduced for the Muslims. The introduction of separate electorates was a calculated move in accordance with the imperialist policy of ‘divide and rule.’ The moderate leadership welcomed the reforms on the other hand; the reforms were condemned by the extremists. Many Muslim leaders condemned the separate electorates. Morley, secretary of state, who had framed the reforms along with Minto, the Governor-General, disclaimed any intention of bestowing self government on India.