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Many Indians had fought and died fighting during WW1
Prices rose and taxes had been increased
An Educated elite of Indians had been developing since the 19th Century
- Attending schools and universities in Britain
- Often more British than the British.
- Played Cricket, gambled on horses, enjoyed Shakespeare, etc…
Some of these had banded together to form the Indian National Congress Party.
- Originally it sought more opportunities for Indians in the Raj and increased self-government powers.
This educated elite would provide the guidance and respectability for a vocal opposition.