Good morning to everyone in this room. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, and my dear friends for allowing me to speak to you today about the Quit India Movement.
On August 8, 1942, during World War II, Mahatma Gandhi called for the end of British rule in India during the All India Congress Committee meeting in Bombay, launching the August Movement, also known as the Quit India Movement.
Gandhi issued a call to action in his “Quit India” address, which was given on August 8, 1942, in Bombay at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, as a result of the Cripps Mission’s failure to secure Indian support for the British war effort.
Gandhi asked for “An Orderly British Departure” from India, and the All India Congress Committee organized a massive demonstration to demand it. The British were ready to take action even though they were at war. Within hours following Gandhi’s speech, nearly the entire Indian National Congress leadership was detained without being given a chance to defend themselves.
During the duration of the battle, the bulk remained incarcerated and isolated from society. The princely states, the Hindu Mahasabha, the All India Muslim League, the British Indian Army, the Indian Civil Service, and the majority-Indian Viceroy’s Council all supported the British.
The Quit India Movement was not supported by many Indian businessmen but was supported by students since Subhas Chandra Bose was in exile and siding with the Axis Powers. The British people refused to give independence right away, claiming it could only be done after the war was over. The Quit India campaign ensured India’s independence, which was granted on August 15, 1947, five years after its inception. Thank you.