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Simon Commission

 

a commission appointed by the British government in 1927 to report on the working of the constitution in India and to present recommendations for reforms. Its members were from the Conservative, Liberal, and Labour parties. J. A. Simon served as chairman.

The appointment of the commission, which had extremely limited functions and did not include a single representative from India itself, caused a wave of indignation and a growth in the anti-imperialist movement in India. The Indian National Congress Party formulated a demand (December 1927) that India be granted full national independence; the party also called for a boycott of the commission. The boycott campaign took on broad scope and attested to a new upsurge of the national liberation movement in India. The commission’s findings, gathered in India in 1928 and 1929 and published in 1930, resulted in effect merely in a recommendation that the question of the Indian constitution be discussed at a round table conference (seeINDIA ROUND TABLE CONFERENCES).

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9 ( ANI ) : Drawing a parallel between the Group of Ministers (GoM) and the Simon Commission, YSR Congress on Wednesday demanded the UPA-led Central Government to stop the process of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, and appealed to all political parties in the country to join hands to press against the creation of Telangana.
As the Seemandhra movement is no less than the freedom struggle, the seven-member GoM has been proceeding with the task of dividing the state we have to oppose it as the Simon Commission was combated," YSR Congress senior leader Konathala Ramakrishna told reporters here on Wednesday.
But the communal hatred and violence which the practice of separate electorates unleashed in the 1920s pushed Jinnah back to an espousal of joint electorates in his last - and futile - attempt to bring about a rapprochement through the Delhi Pact of 1927-28 which he had drafted with Motilal Nehru and Tej Bahadur Sapru as native India's response to the all-British Simon Commission which had been appointed to consider the future constitutional development of India.
We get a kaleidoscopic view of political history of that time, including the Jalianwala Bagh massacre, the Hunter Committee, the Simon Commission, the Congress Party, and the Muslim League, all of which Hussein weaves into the story like a consummate artist, in language that shines on every page.