Gandhi in the East End of London

Gandhi was invited to the Round Table talks in London in 1931. India had been disappointed to have been frozen out of the Westminster Statute which was being applied to the settler dominions. Domestic political paralysis meant that few concessions were offered towards Indian self-government or independence. Gandhi left London with little to show for his efforts and yet he had been welcomed as a hero by many of the working class in Britain. This was partly due to the new media of newsreels that helped propel him to becoming a recognizable hero but also because of his championing of the underclass in India having resonance to those in Britain who were suffering from the depression.

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