The Development of Political Consciousness in India, 1757-1931

Gooneratne, Chandra Dharma Sena

     The purpose of this thesis is to trace the development of the present political consciousness of the people of India from the establishment of British Rule after the battle of Plassey in 1757 to the end of the Second Round Table Conference in London in December 1931. Geographically this study is confined to what has come to be known as British India. . . .
     The development of political consciousness in India is of a more recent growth than the Swaraj movement [whose goal was obtaining self-rule for India within the British Empire] and aims at achieving complete political independence as a sovereign unit on par with other independent, self-governing sovereign nations of the world. To trace the development of this political consciousness is the object of this thesis.
     Part One shows a picture of India from the point of view of the development of political consciousness. Part Two is a discussion of the Indian political conditions on the arrival of the East India Company and the stimulations which were introduced through its agency and which inevitably developed a national consciousness. Part Three consists of the discussion of the birth of a national consciousness and how it began to express itself, and how this national consciousness in turn developed a political consciousness. Part Four is a discussion of the problems resulting from these conditions which confront India as she faces the future.