DMPQ: Congress ministries resigned in October 1939 after the outbreak of the second world war. But the period of 28 month was significant. Discuss (History)

Though by 1939 internal strifes, opportunism and hunger for power had started surfacing among congressmen, yet they were able to utilise council work to their advantage to a great extent. The significant of congress rule can be gauged from following points:

  • The contention that Indian self government was necessary for radical social transformation got confirmed.
  • Congressmen demonstrated that a movement could use state power to further its ends without being co opted.
  • The ministries were able to control communal riots.
  • The morale of the bureaucracy came down.
  • People were able to perceive the shape of things to come if independence was won.
  • Administration work by Indians further weakened the myth that Indians were not fit to rule.