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Selected Works of C. Rajagopalachari: Vol. VII, 1940–46
Ravi K. Mishra and Narendra Shukla
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2022
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This seventh volume details Rajaji’s correspondence from January 1940 to March 1946, which gives an overview of the political climate of the time and the final phase of India’s freedom struggle.

It discusses important events in Indian history, such as the Cripps Mission, Quit India movement, deliberations on the Hindu–Muslim settlement, and the elections to the central and provincial legislatures, held between December 1945 and January 1946, for which Rajaji campaigned actively for the Congress.

This volume covers a decisive phase of Rajaji’s political journey, detailing his difference with the Indian National Congress on the timing of the Quit India movement as well as on the demand for Pakistan, which resulted in his resignation from the party in 1942, and his subsequent return in 1945.

It also discusses his work on matters of national importance, notable among which was the ‘Rajaji/C.R. Formula’, which formed the basis of the Gandhi-Jinnah talks in 1944.

Ravi K. Mishra is Deputy Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

Narendra Shukla is Head, Research and Publications Division, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

List of Illustrations
Preface

1. Tribute to Late K. Raman Menon  4 January 1940
2. Letter to Arthur Alfred Hayles  7 January 1940
3. Letter to John Francis Ashley Erskine  9 January 1940
4. Letter to A. Appadurai Pillai  1 February 1940
5. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s Election to the Presidentship of Congress: Interview to the Associated Press 16 February 1940
6. Duty to Vote for Congress: An Appeal  17 February 1940
7. Letter to Kasturi Srinivasan 18 February 1940
8. Letter to Percival Spear  21 February 1940
9. Interview to The Hindu: The Advantage of Instruction in Hindustani  21 February 1940
10. Study of Hindi in Schools  24 February 1940
11. No Doubt as to Final Issue 25 February 1940
12. Interview to the United Press of America  2 March 1940
13. Budget Failure to Extend Prohibition Disregard of People’s Verdict 4 March 1940  4 March 1940
14. Interview to a Representative of The Hindu  4 March 1940
15. Letter to B. Bhima Rao  8 March 1940
16. Letter to John Francis Ashley Erskine  8 March 1940
17. Letter to Kasturi Srinivasan  11 March 1940
18. Interview to The Hindu  20 March 1940
19. Statement on Partitioning of India  26 March 1940
20. Tribute to Yakub Hasan: Servant of the Nation till the Last  27 March 1940
21. Position has Worsened: Indictment  1 April 1940
22. Interview to The Hindu on the Plan to End the Stalemate 4 April 1940
23. “No Truer Friend of India”:A Tribute to C. F. Andrews   5 April 1940
24. Letter to Jagdish Prasad  9 April 1940
25. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  20 April 1940
26. India One Living Unit  20 April 1940
27. Statement on Ending Indian Deadlock  26 April 1940
28. A Smooth War Machine  27 May 1940
29. Letter to J. H. Maclean 31 May 1940
30. Governments with Popular Backing  9 June 1940
31. What Free India Will Do for Allies 10 June 1940
32. Letter to T. A. Ramalingam Chettiar  11 June 1940
33. Letter to V. I. Muniswami Pillai  13 June 1940
34. Checking Enemy’s Advance  14 June 1940
35. Letter to K. A. Nachiappa Gounder  26 June 1940
36. Government by One Man: Criticism of India Bill  27 June 1940
37. Viceroy’s Council Expansion Will Not Satisfy Anyone  1 July 1940
38. Statement on the Congress Working Committee’s Resolution  10 July 1940
39. Folly to Reject Congress Offer  11 July 1940
40. Letter to G. A. Natesan 18 July 1940
41. Letter to Mahadev Desai  19 July 1940
42. Letter to the Press 22 July 1940
43. Delhi Decision Ratified: Question of Time-Limit  28 July 1940
44. Significance of Tricolour  1 August 1940
45. Letter to W. T. Bryant  3 August 1940
46. Next Step of Congress  12 August 1940
47. Congress and the Formation of National Government   12 August 1940
48. Promotion of “Civil War Atmosphere”:A Disastrous Policy  15 August 1940
49. National Government Proposal: Test of Britain’s Sincerity   22 August 1940
50. Appeal for Amnesty to Political Prisoners in Mysore  25 August 1940
51. Ban on Volunteer Organizations:“Unreasonable Policy”  26 August 1940
52. Pakistan Not an Answer: Rejoinder to Raja Mohammad Amir Ahmad Khan  26 August 1940
53. Letter to T. Suryanarayana  27 August 1940
54. Letter to Speaker, Madras Legislative Assembly  30 August 1940
55. Muslim Reaction to Viceroy’s Offer:Danger of Pakistan Move  3 September 1940
56. Only Reasonable Adjustment: Appeal to Britain  6 September 1940
57. Letter to B. S. Gilani  11 September 1940
58. Ban on Use of Council Chambers: Significance of Government Policy  11 September 1940
59. The Use of Legislative Council Building  11 September 1940
60. Collections for War Fund  12 September 1940
61. Disservice to Britain: Views on Secretary of State’s Rejection of Congress Proposal  26 September 1940
62. Democracy and the War: England’s Claims Examined  5 October 1940
63. Letter to B. S. Gilani  6 October 1940
64. The Bratachari Movement: Founder on its Ideals and Scope  8 October 1940
65. Letter to Mahadev Desai  17 October 1940
66. Letter to Pir Nazeer Ahmed  19 October 1940
67. Letter to Pir Nazeeer Ahmed  17 November 1940
68. Circular Letter  1 December 1940
69. Letter to K. M. Munshi  11 August 1941
70. Address Delivered at the Twentieth Annual Convocation of the University of Lucknow  13 December 1941
71. Proclaim India and Burma Free  2 January 1942
72. Letter to Chief Secretary, Government of Madras  7 January 1942
73. Letter to Chief Secretary, Government of Madras  9 January 1942
74. Letter to the Madras Legislature Congress Party  22 January 1942
75. Unsatisfactory Defence Position:Statement on Govt.’s Apathy   23 January 1942
76. Letter to Gangadhar Rao Deshpande  24 January 1942
77. Letter to M. S. Aney  3 February 1942
78. India Wants Freedom, Not Power  15 February 1942
79. Worth While to Take Risks of Battle   1 March 1942
80. Britain Must Act Now: Statement on Dangers of Delay  4 March 1942
81. No Support for Fanciful Claims: Statement on League Demands  8 March 1942
82. Britain Must Rouse India: Statement on Cripps Mission  22 March 1942
83. Present—The Only Reality: Statement on American Comments  5 April 1942
84. Need to Arm the People: Only Way to Face Invasion  15 April 1942
85. Resignation Letter  30 April 1942
86. Statement to the Press on Pandit Nehru’s Criticism of Congress–League Settlement Proposal   23 May 1942
87. Congress–League Understanding Necessary for Defence Purpose  25 May 1942
88. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  29 May 1942
89. Statement on J. B. Kripalani’s Circular Letter  31 May 1942
90. Congress–League Settlement: A Reply to Gandhiji  1 June 1942
91. Letter to A. V. Thakkar  9 June 1942
92. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  10 June 1942
93. Nehru and Jinnah Must Join a Settlement Most Urgent  15 June 1942
94. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  16 June 1942
95. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  2 July 1942
96. Letter to Reginald Maxwell 6 July 1942
97. Letter to President, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee  9 July 1942
98. Put Mr Jinnah to Test: Appeal to Congress  10 July 1942
99. Letter to P. C. Joshi  14 July 1942
100. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  16 July 1942
101. Sambamurti’s Resignation: Tribute to Work as Assembly Speaker  18 July 1942
102. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru  21 July 1942
103. Letter to Sir Reginald Maxwell  23 July 1942
104. Letter to Sir Reginald Maxwell  1 August 1942
105. Letter to W. T. Bryant  1 August 1942
106. Letter to Sir Reginald Maxwell  2 August 1942
107. Letter to the Viceroy  3 August 1942
108. Letter to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad 4 August 1942
109. Telegram to Mahatma Gandhi  7 August 1942
110. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 8 August 1942
111. Government Create Fresh Difficulties  9 August 1942
112. Interview to the Hindustan Times 10 August 1942
113. Appeal for the Formation of Provisional Government  15 August 1942
114. Letter to K. M. Munshi  15 August 1942
115. Heavy Blow for Gandhiji  16 August 1942
116. Letter to B. T. Thakur  23 August 1942
117. Letter to Muhammad Yamin Khan  2 September 1942
118. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru  8 September 1942
119. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru  12 September 1942
120. Letter to Pothan Joseph  26 October 1942
121. Letter to D. M. Tahilramani  26 October 1942
122. Letter to John B. Ketcham  2 November 1942
123. War-Time Government for India: Article  6 November 1942
124. Viceroy’s Refusal Unwise: Interview to the Press  12 November 1942
125. Future Plan of Work: Interview  21 November 1942
126. Policy of Drift Deplored: Interview  1 December 1942
127. Letter to K. M. Munshi  17 December 1942
128. Princes’ Claims: Rejoinder to Sir C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar  23 December 1942
129. Letter to Sri Prakasa  27 December 1942
130. Appeal to All India Hindu Mahasabha  2 January 1943
131. Letter to Devadas Gandhi  15 January 1943
132. Letter to The Times Special Correspondent  11 February 1943
133. Letter to Gilbert Laithwaite  19 February 1943
134. Speech at the Leaders’ Conference, New Delhi  19 February 1943
135. Interview to the United Press 14 March 1943
136. Letter to Francis Low  18 March 1943
137. Letter to Gilbert Laithwaite 29 March 1943
138. Letter to Gilbert Laithwaite  30 March 1943
139. Letter to Gilbert Laithwaite 31 March 1943
140. Telegram to Tej Bahadur Sapru  31 March 1943
141. Government Do Not Desire Reconciliation 1 April 1943
142. Why Deputation was Dropped  2 April 1943
143. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru 4 April 1943
144. No Prospect of National Government  5 April 1943
145. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru 10 April 1943
146. Letter to Purushotamdas Thakurdas  10 April 1943
147. The Pakistan Scheme 12 April 1943
148. Letter to William Phillips  22 April 1943
149. Real British Intentions Laid Bare 28 May 1943
150. Hurdle Set up on Road to National Pact  30 May 1943
151. Letter to Devadas Gandhi 27 June 1943
152. Maximum Congress Could Agree to  16 July 1943
153. Statement on Hindu Mahasabha’s Opposition  17 July 1943
154. Fixing of Proper Boundaries  19 July 1943
155. Negotiations with the League  22 July 1943
156. Letter to Devadas Gandhi  7 August 1943
157. Congress–League Settlement 17 August 1943
158. Letter to K. M. Munshi 18 August 1943
159. Letter to K. M. Munshi 21 August 1943
160. Letter to Choudhry Khaliquzzaman 23 August 1943
161. Statement on Loss of “Valued Leader” of Harijans 24 August 1943
162. Postponement of Indian Freedom  29 August 1943
163. Letter to Gopinath Srivastava  11 September 1943
164. Leaders Outside Must Act  23 September 1943
165. Statement on Absence of a National Government—Root Cause  24 September 1943
166. Letter to Syama Prasad Mookerjee  28 September 1943
167. Appeals Again for Cripps Scheme  5 October 1943
168. Legend of Congress Tyranny 26 October 1943
169. The Way Out 30 November 1943
170. Reply to Henry Duffield Craik  20 January 1944
171. Convocation Address at Osmania University 27 January 1944
172. I Am Not Afraid of Pakistan  11 February 1944
173. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 25 February 1944
174. Tribute to Kasturba Gandhi  26 February 1944
175. Need for Settlement with League 10 March 1944
176. Tribute to Ramdas Pantulu  18 March 1944
177. Interview on Rajaji–Jinnah Talks  10 April 1944
178. Amery Stands Condemned  21 April 1944
179. Greatest Figure of South India: Tribute to C. Vijayaraghavachariar  21 April 1944
180. Congress–League Settlement  9 July 1944
181. Bids Good-Bye to Muhammad Ali Jinnah  8 April 1944
182. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  19 July 1944
183. Explains His Proposals: Interview to the Associated Press  20 July 1944
184. Speech at Madras Presidency College  24 July 1944
185. Advice to Muslim League on Plebiscite  28 July 1944
186. Interviewed on Layton’s Statement  28 July 1944
187. Jinnah’s Opportunity 29 July 1944
188. Gandhi–Jinnah Talks  2 August 1944
189. Interview to the Press 4 August 1944
190. Implications of the Formula of the Hindu–Muslim Settlement   4 August 1944
191. Boundaries of Pakistan 10 August 1944
192. Hindu–Muslim Settlement  12 August 1944
193. Towards A Settlement 13 August 1944
194. Viceroy’s Attitude Unreasonable  17 August 1944
195. Gandhiji’s Action Not Inconsistent 20 August 1944
196. First Step Towards Unity  8 September 1944
197. Letter to Muhammad Ali Jinnah 10 September 1944
198. Letter to Muhammad Ali Jinnah  11 September 1944
199. Wisdom of Dadabhai Naoroji  16 September 1944
200. Breakdown in Unity Talks  29 September 1944
201. League’s Demand Vague: Reply to Muhammad Ali Jinnah  6 October 1944
202. Broaden Basis of Collaboration: Advice to Congressmen  26 October 1944
203. Kulasekarapatnam Rioting Case  31 October 1944
204. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  12 November 1944
205. Letter to Devadas Gandhi  15 November 1944
206. Speech on Post-War Prospects  16 November 1944
207. Convocation Address at Nagpur University  25 November 1944
208. Letter to Devadas Gandhi 30 November 1944
209. Letter to Tej Bahadur Sapru 23 December 1944
210. Aim of University Education 2 February 1945
211. Tribute to “Pussyfoot” Johnson 11 March 1945
212. Undemocratic Selection for London and San Francisco Conference 13 March 1945
213. Allied Nations’ Responsibility: Article 21 March 1945
214. Principles of Arbitration 20 March 1945
215. Letter to the Editor, Hindustan Times 2 April 1945
216. Letter to G. R. Merrell 6 April 1945
217. Next War Not Within Thirty Years  7 April 1945
218. Indian Reconciliation: Article 8 April 1945
219. Solution of the Deadlock  9 April 1945
220. Letter to William Phillips 17 April 1945
221. Marriage: Article  22 April 1945
222. The Sapru Solution: Article 27 April 1945
223. Government’s Industrial Plan: Article  29 April 1945
224. Tagore’s Poetry  9 May 1945
225. Muslims and Pakistan  16 May 1945
226. Seizing of Present Opportunity  20 May 1945
227. Indian Problem Can be Solved if Britain Makes Up Her Mind  22 May 1945
228. Letter to Joachim Alva  30 May 1945
229. Speech on the Need for People’s Government  4 June 1945
230. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 9 June 1945
231. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  9 June 1945
232. An Interview on Wavell Proposals  13 June 1945
233. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 15 June 1945
234. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  16 June 1945
235. Statement on his Role at the Simla Conference 23 June 1945
236. League Demands Should be Left Undecided Now 11 July 1945
237. Wrong Procedure at Simla 21 July 1945
238. Education for Enlightened 28 July 1945
239. Urgency of Indian Independence has Trebled 15 August 1945
240. India Must Have Strong Central Government 31 August 1945
241. Rejoins the Congress 10 September 1945
242. Letter to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad 19 September 1945
243. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 29 September 1945
244. Message for Tippu Day 20 October 1945
245. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 15 November 1945
246. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 15 November 1945
247. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 21 November 1945
248. Anti-Gandhi Propaganda: Article 25 November 1945
249. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 23 December 1945
250. Telegram to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad 23 December 1945
251. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  30 December 1945
252. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  19 January 1946
253. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  20 January 1946
254. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  24 January 1946
255. Letter to Major Wyatt  29 January 1946
256. Letter to Professor Richards  29 January 1946
257. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  5 February 1946
258. Gandhiji’s Visit to South India 6 February 1946
259. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  12 February 1946
260. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 13 February 1946
261. Telegram to Vallabhbhai Patel  13 February 1946
262. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  14 February 1946
263. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  15 February 1946
264. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  16 February 1946
265. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  17 February 1946
266. Letter to Amrit Kaur 19 February 1946
267. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 20 February 1946
268. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel 21 February 1946
269. Letter to Amrit Kaur 21 February 1946
270. Letter to Amrit Kaur 23 February 1946
271. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi 24 February 1946
272. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  27 February 1946
273. Letter to Vallabhbhai Patel  2 March 1946
274. Letter to Mahatma Gandhi  13 March 1946
275. Letter to Amrit Kaur  22 March 1946

Appendices

Appendix I
1. Draft Resolution Moved by Rajaji at the Congress Working Committee Meeting 5 July 1940

Appendix II 18 July 1942
1. Joint Letter Mahatma Gandhi

Appendix III: Reference Items
1. Section 93 of Government of India Act 1935 1935
2. Resolution Passed by Congress Working Committee at Patna 1 March 1940
3. Resolution Passed by All-India Muslim League (Lahore Resolution)  23 March 1940
4. Resolution Passed at Congress Working Committee Meeting at Delhi 7 July 1940
5. Unpublished Letter 26 October 1942
6. Memorandum March 1943
7. Cripps Scheme 1942
8. Letter to M. A. Jinnah by Mahatma Gandhi 24 September 1944
9. C. R. Formula 29 September 1944

Appendix IV: Miscellaneous Items
1. Rajaji’s Conversation with Mahatma Gandhi at Sevagram 5 October 1940
2. Need for Ending Deadlock: Interview to a Representative of Daily Tej 11 October 1945

Index

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