This is a study of British and Indian policy-makers in the penultimate years of the raj. The British, both in London and Delhi, could not see that the days of British rule were numbered and planned on the basis of staying on in India indefinitely by utilizing the Princes and the Muslim communal elements against the national movement and keeping a firm grip on the core of central authority. When Jawaharlal Nehru met the Viceroy, Lord Linlithgow, in London in the summer of 1938, he asserted that the British could not stay in India for more than ten years. The Viceroy wrote off Nehru as lacking in realism; but, in the event, Nehru was not so far out.
Jan-Feb 1977, volume 2, No 1/2