DMPQ-What were the provisions of August offer? Why August offer was rejected?

Main provisions of August offer are :

During the course of the 2nd World War, in order to secure the cooperation of the Indians, the British Government made an announcement on 8 August 1940, which came to be known as the ‘August Offer’, which proposed –

  • Dominion status as the objective for India.
  • Expansion of viceroy’s executive council & setting up of a constituent assembly after the war consisting of Indians to
  • decide their constitution according to their social, economic and political conceptions
  • subject to fulfilment of the obligation of the Government regarding defence, minority rights, treaties with states & all India services
  • No future constitution to be adopted without the consent of minorities.

 

India’s Reaction to August offer

  • The Congress rejected the August Offer
  • Nehru said, “Dominion status concept is dead as a door nail”

 

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