THE RISE AND GROWTH OF THE CONGRESS IN INDIA
George Allen & Unwin Ltd
Authors object in writing this book has been to describe in a popular form for the general reader the rise and growth of the All-India National Congress. We have brought the present volume to an end with the year I 920, when the Non-co-operation Movement began, and have thus left over the more recent events for a second volume if the public interest is sufficient to demand it. The official history of the Congress has already been published in India by Dr. Pattabhi Sitarammayya at the time of the Congress Jubilee Celebrations in I935. Our own aim has been to supplement this very full and well-documented work with a volume which could be more easily read by the general public, especially in the vVest. We have also given much more space to those religious and social forces in Indian history, during the nineteenth century, which led up to the birth of the Congress in the year I885. After careful consideration we decided to conclude the present volume with the year I 920 for three reasons An entirely new phase of Indian political life began at this dividing line. The leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, from this time forward, has remained very nearly constant. The events that followed Non-co-operation in quick succession are too recent for a wholly dispassionate and objective account to be given of them. There is an abundance of material ready for any future historian.