Why was the Simon Commission opposed? Give three reasons for your answer.

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Michael Ugulini | (Level 3) Educator

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The Simon Commission was opposed primarily because it did not have any Indian representation in the assemblage. The government of Britain had appointed this Commission in 1927. The goal of the Simon Commission was to give an account of how the Indian constitution was working. The British government wanted to determine, through the Commission’s study, whether there needed to be any amendments to the Government of India Act. This Act was originally introduced in India in 1919.

The leaders and people of India felt that this seven-member Commission did not represent them and their wishes at all. They felt that its recommendations would not address their concerns as they really had little input. The people of India wanted a Constitution created by Indians for Indians. They believed it was their inherent right to decide their future for themselves, not have an all-white Commission composed of Brits doing this for them.

So, in essence, the Simon Commission was opposed for these three reasons:

1. Lack of Indian members on the Commission.

2. The fear that the Brits would lord it over them, without giving serious thought to their interests.

3. The Indian people felt offended by the Commission. To them it was an arrogant British move that stonewalled them out of it.

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