* Views recorded between September 2016 and December 10, 2020 on Cambridge Core. This data is updated every 24 hours. Attlee wrote to Mountbatten on 18 March 1947: “It is obviously important that the Indian states adapt their relations with the authorities to whom they must cede power in British India; But, as expressly stated in the mission of the Cabinet, Her Majesty`s Government does not intend to transfer its powers and obligations to a successor government within the framework of primacy. There is no provision to conclude primacy as a system before the date of the final transfer of power, but you are entitled to negotiate with certain states, at a time when you deem it appropriate, the adjustment of their relationship with the Crown. The princely states would be free from the orders and treaties of British rule in India. They can either join the two Dominions or remain separated” Lord Mountbatten (served from March to August 1947) was sent to replace Wavell as viceroy, with Britain preparing to transfer its power over India to a few “responsible” hands no later than June 1948. Shortly after arriving in Delhi, where he met with the leaders of all sides and his own officials, Mountbatten decided that the situation was too dangerous to wait even a short time. Fearing a forced evacuation of British troops still deployed in India, Mountbatten decided to opt for a partition that would separate Punjab from Bengal rather than risk further political negotiations as civil war raged and a new mutiny by Indian troops was imminent. Among India`s great leaders, Gandhi, alone, refused to reconcile with partition, pushing Mountbatten to offer Jinnah the prime minister of a united India and not a separate Muslim nation. 2 Account no.
1, the equivalent of all amounts paid since 15 July 1947 by account No. 1, as regards: 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Article, the two governments may not limit the transfer of capital from India to the United Kingdom, which represents 9, This was noted in a memo from Corfield entitled “Paramountcy and the Period interim”, Which was originally established in December 1946, but was at the end of April 1947. Contributions to R/3/1/136. The delicacy of the problem of linking a certain maintenance of primacy until the transfer of power to a certain “withdrawal” of primacy, so that States can manage on their own, was no more glaring than in the question of the “lifting of restrictions on the Nizam of Hyderabad” (title of the interesting dossier, R/1/29/3176.) The Nizam had been forced to appoint a British officer to the key position of the revenue and police member of its Executive Council.