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Quit India Movement – 1942

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When was the Quit India Movement started?

The Quit India Movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 in protest against sending Indian troops to fight in World War II and demanded the immediate independence of India from the British.

The Quit India movement was endorsed after talks between the Congress and the British had failed. Indians were urged to act as an independent nation and not follow orders of the British. Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders were imprisoned. Mass protests broke out all over the country which were followed by bomb attacks, sabotage and violence.

The Muslim League declared its support for the British and by doing this were able to spread the message of Islam freely.

The British responded to the protests by staging mass arrests, implementing heavy fines and airdropping of bombs. The rebel movement which had resorted to violence to gain independence was now working against Gandhi’s principles of non-violence. This left the movement leaderless and fizzled out over the next year. In 1946, the Royal Indian Navy called a strike and Indian sailors too, mutinied.

The strike spread and the Indian population supported it. Soon, the Air Force and the local police forces joined in. There were more riots and revolts.
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