Wavell & the Dying Days of the Raj Second Edition
The political events that took place during Lord Wavell’s Viceroyalty in India set the stage for all that transpired during the Mountbatten era. Wavell was in favour of implementing the Breakdown Plan so the British government could fall back upon a well thought-out course of action when it inevitably departed from India.
On the other hand, Wavell’s assessment of India’s fast-evolving political scenario began to cast a sobering light on the global dilemma of the British, for whom relinquishing control over India meant facing global contraction.
This book analyses the complex undercurrents of Lord Wavell’s Viceroyalty, a subject not been previously touched upon in comparable depth. It covers nearly all the major events of the Indian political scene during the period of the Second World War and immediately after, when the British grip on India was loosening fast and their departure from India was simply a matter of timing.
This second edition comprises a new chapter on Wavell’s Breakdown Plan to emphasize its ample significance in the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan and its aftermath.
Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chawla is the current Director of Research Society of Pakistan, University of the Punjab, Lahore. He has served at the University of Punjab as Head of the History Department; Director of Pakistan Study Centre; Dean of Art & Humanities; and Dean of Law, University of the Punjab. He acquired his MSc, MPhil, and PhD degrees from the Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and postdoc from the University of Southampton. Dr Chawla’s articles on modern South Asian studies, particularly pre-partition Muslim politics, have been published in national and international journals. He has six books to his credit and the first edition of Wavell and the Dying Days of the Raj won the HEC Best Book of the Year Award in 2010–11. He is currently writing a book about Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, from a fresh perspective.