The World War II broke out in 1939.

The British government involved India in the War without the consent of the Indian people. In protest against this the Congress Ministries resigned.

The British government showed no sign of coming to an understanding with the Indian leaders. But in 1940 when the War situation worsened for the British it came up with some proposals.

This was the August Offer of 1940. In the Offer there was proposal for immediate expansion of the Viceroy’s Executive Council to include some more Indians, and formation of a War Advisory Council.


The Congress, however, refused to accept the August Offer and began Civil Disobedience on a limited scale.