Decolonization pt.2

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  • We did, but there were two that really stood out in decolonization. We created political parties such as the Indian National Congress, an Indian Nationalist party, however we originally only wanted more inclusion and representation within the British government. 
  • I was imprisoned for leading the Congress. Causing the ANC to go under ground, and many new, more violent groups, to rise, causing friction. The Pan Africanist Congress was a group that only held membership for black Africans, and it - along with others  supporting the Black Consciousness movement - waged war against the ANC and my supporters. Did you have different nationalist groups, as well?
  • Similarly, the All-India Muslim League only wanted the representation of Muslims in politics. However, as every attempt to reason with the British failed, we started to get frustrated and realized we would be better of if we were a sovereign nation, so both of the parties evolved into nationalist ones
  • We did a lot better in cooperating, though. Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India; Liaquat Ali Khan, father of Pakistan; and I were the main leaders involved. While Nehru and I were prominent members of the Indian National Congress, Ali Khan stood out in the Muslim League for India party, but we still worked together. Of course, the fighting between groups in Africa reminds me a lot of the partition in India.
  • How so?
  • Well similar to how the different groups were fighting for what they wanted, the Hindu and Muslim parties were fighting as well.
  • Yes, but we never created a new country
  • Ha, yes that is true; and similar to your fighting, ours was based on religion and the seemingly irreconcilable differences between the two religions.
  • But what really changed our struggle was our Salt March. It’s     interesting--I declared India to be independent in January of 1930, but it wasn’t     until the Salt March that we Indians actually came together. The salt tax the British imposed on us affected everyone, regardless of their caste;
  • it was an all-important good. I walked with thousands of Indians for a distance of over 2 miles, all to pick up a small piece of mud and salt. There were so many people watching, and the support we got after the march was incredible. 
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