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MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920

MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920

The Muslim League also decided to give full support to the Congress and its agitation on political questions.

February 1920:

  • In early 1920, a joint Hindu-Muslim deputation was sent to the viceroy to seek redress of grievances on the issue of Khilafat, but the mission proved abortive.

In February 1920:

  • Gandhi announced that the issues of the Punjab wrongs and constitutional advance had been overÂ-shadowed by the Khilafat question and that he would soon lead a movement of non-cooperation if the terms of the peace treaty failed to satisfy the Indian Muslims.

May 1920:

  • The Treaty of Sevres with Turkey, signed in May 1920, completely dismembered Turkey.

June 1920:

  • An all-party conference at Allahabad approved a programme of boycott of schools, colleges and law courts, and asked Gandhi to lead it.

August 31, 1920:

  • The Khilafat Committee started a campaign of non-cooperation and the movement was formally launched. (Tilak had, incidentally, breathed his last on August 1, 1920.)

September 1920:

  • At a special session in Calcutta, the Congress approved a non-cooperation programme till the Punjab and Khilafat wrongs were removed and swaraj was established.
  • The programme was to include:
  1. Boycott of government schools and colleges;
  2. Boycott of law courts and dispensation of justice through Panchayats instead;                      MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920
  3. Boycott of Legislative Councils; (there were some differences over this as some leaders like C.R. Das were not willing to include a boycott of councils, but bowed to Congress discipline; these leaders boycotted elections held in November 1920 and the majority of the voters too stayed away);
  4. Boycott of foreign cloth and use of khadi instead; also practice of hand-spinning to be done;                          MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920
  5. Renunciation of government honours and titles; the second phase could include mass civil disobedience including resignation from government service, and non-payment of taxes.
  • During the movement, the participants were supposed to work for Hindu-Muslim unity and for removal of untouchability, all the time remaining non-violent.

December 1920:

  • At the Nagpur session of the Indian National Congress:
  1. The programme of non-cooperation was endorsed;                                                          MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920
  2. An important change was made in Congress creed: now, instead of having the attainment of self-government through constitutional means as its goal, the Congress decided to have the attainment of swaraj through peaceful and legitimate means, thus committing itself to an extra- constitutional mass struggle;
  3. Some important organisational changes were made: a Congress Working Committee (CWC) of 15 members was set up to lead the Congress from now onwards; Provincial Congress Committees on linguistic basis were organised; ward committees was organised; and entry fee was reduced to four annas.            MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920
  4. Gandhi declared that if the non-cooperation programme was implemented completely, swaraj would be ushered in within a year.
  • Many groups of revolutionary terrorists, especially those from Bengal, also pledged support to the Congress programme.          MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920
  • At this stage, some leaders like Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Annie Besant, G.S. Kharpade and B.C. Pal left the Congress as they believed in a constitutional and lawful struggle while some others like Surendranath Banerjee founded the Indian National Liberal Federation and played a minor role in national politics henceforward.
  • The adoption by the Congress of the non-cooperation movement initiated earlier by the Khilafat Committee gave it a new energy, and the years 1921 and 1922 saw an unprecedented popular upsurge.                                                            MUSLIM LEAGUE SUPPORT TO CONGRESS IN 1920

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