Partition Horrors Remembrance Day: Under the ‘Partition Horrible Remembrance Day’ series, we are going to tell you that the price of the country’s independence was the partition of the country and its story was written on June 3, 1947. Which is known as Mountbatten Plan or June 3 Plan.
It is true that the British government felt that it would not be able to rule this country for long and that is why in February 1947, the independence of India was agreed in principle. After this the question arose as to who should be entrusted with the responsibility of making the plan to liberate India, for this the name of the then Viceroy Lord Mountbatten, loyal to the British crown, came to the fore. Lord Mountbatten started discussions with Indian political leaders.
partition of india was inevitable
Mountbatten analyzed the complexity of India’s political situation in his understanding, forecasting and as a layman. He tried to find a political solution to the problem. But it is said that Mountbatten came to the conclusion very soon that the partition of India was inevitable. With high imagination, sharp intellect, he again started his drive in this direction.
Mountbatten had the confidence of the British royal family. He realized that Mountbatten knew the art of dealing with India’s political leaders in a respectful manner. In this diplomatic way, he tried to make himself popular among Indians. And this last British Viceroy Mountbatten, realizing less time to tackle this task, without wasting any time began to design the transfer of power.
Sardar Patel agreed to Mountbatten’s proposal
In Mountbatten’s view, the partition of the country was inevitable, but it was a difficult challenge to persuade everyone to do so. He held discussions with Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhiji and other prominent leaders. In this circumstance Sardar Patel agreed to Mountbatten’s proposal as he was convinced that it was not possible to work with the Muslim League. Patel’s argument impressed Jawaharlal.
Gandhiji vehemently opposed the partition proposal.
Jawaharlal also agreed but Gandhiji vehemently opposed the partition proposal. He said that “If Congress wants to accept Partition it will be on my dead body. As long as I am alive I will never agree to Partition of India. Nor can I help Congress allow it to accept it.” But he eventually changed his mind and accepted Mountbatten’s suggestion with a deep sense of sadness. The bitter experience of working with the Muslim League, the total breakdown of the administration and Jinnah’s obstinate attitude on the issue of Partition made most of the Congress to accept the partition.
split plan announced
Lord Mountbatten announced the plan on June 3, 1947, after discussions with members of the Congress and the League. On the same day the British Prime Minister announced the plan to partition India into two parts in the House of Commons.