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The Cabinet Mission came to India in:
1. February 1942
2. March 1942
3. April 1942
4. May 1942
5. None of the above/More than one of the above

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Correct Answer - Option 5 : None of the above/More than one of the above

The correct answer is None of the above/More than one of the above.

  • Cabinet Mission:
    • The Cabinet Mission came to India with the objective to discuss the transfer of powers from the British government to the Indian leadership.
    • The aim to safeguard India's unity and granting its independence.
    • Cabinet Mission was a high-powered mission sent in February 1946 to India by the Atlee Government (British Prime Minister.)
    • The mission had three British cabinet members – Pethick Lawrence, Stafford Cripps, & and A.V. Alexander.
    • Clement Atlee (British Prime Minister) decided to send a mission to India for the transfer of powers from the British Indian government to Indian leaders.

  • Objectives:
    • To obtain an agreement with the Indian leaders as to the framing of a constitution for India.
    • To formulate a constitution-making body (the Constituent Assembly of India).
    • To establish an Executive Council with the support of the major Indian parties.
  • Reason for failure:
    • The Congress Party wanted a strong centre with minimum powers for the provinces.
    • The Muslim League wanted strong political safeguards for the Muslims like parity in the legislatures.
    • Since both parties had many ideological differences and could not find common ground, the mission came up with its own set of proposals in May 1946.

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