The exclusion of the Indians in a commission that concerned Indians alone was viewed as a deliberate insult to the self-respect of the Indian people.
Obviously, Simon Commission was opposed by all shades of the Indian public opinion and thus it provided a common meeting ground for different political parties.
All India hartoI was observed on the day of Commission’s landing in India. Protest demonstrations were held everywhere the members of the Simon Commission visited.
Hostile demonstrations were held in all the major cities and towns. There were also clashes between the demonstrators and the police in several places.
In one such incident Lala Lajpat Rai was severely injured when a lathi was blown by the police to break up the gathering at Lahore.
His death a few months later was obviously attributed to the injury that he had received As a consequence people’s wrath and determination were intensified.