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Reference Code LP/ID/IND
Title Papers on India
Date(s) 1937-46
Scope and Content These are divided into two files. The first file deals with general correspondence on India by the International Department, covering the war years up to 1946, the year prior to India's independence. It contains motions and memoranda on India, correspondence with Indians and Constituency Parties about India and notes and memoranda by men such as Harold Laski and George Ridley, offering their views about the means of giving India her independence.    The second file deals with correspondence with the Radical Democratic Party, led by N.L.Roy, and referred to elsewhere as the Royites. Roy had broken away from the newly-reunited All-India TUG in 1940 and formed the Indian Federation of Labour. Simultaneously he led a breakaway group from the Indian National Congress. This was the Radical Democratic Party. Its officers maintained that Congress only represented the Indian upper classes and that they, the RDP, were the only democratic force in India. They were against joint discussions on the Constitution of India and offered their own version of it. The Labour Party, whilst not recognising them as the official voice of Indian opinion, nevertheless seemed to have kept their options open as unlike Congress, the RDP supported the war, but in the end they did realize they were not a significant political force in India.    General Correspondence ID/IND/1    Correspondence with the Radical Democratic Party ID/IND/2

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