What was the Objective of Simon Commission? Why was it Opposed in India?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : September 6th, 2022

The objective of the Simon Commission was to review the workings of the Government of India Act 1919 and to decide India’s political future. It was a group of 7 British Members of Parliament headed by John Simon. Simon Commission was opposed in India because it had no Indian representative. Simon Commission was also known as the Indian Statutory Commission.

Response of the Indian towards Simon Commission

The Indians decided to boycott the Commission and demonstrated banners saying “Simon Go Back”. 

  • The announcement of the Commission evoked anger among Indians.
  • The exclusion of Indians was seen as an insult and a violation of the principle of self-determination.
  • Mass rallies were organised and a nationwide bandh was observed.
  • Police lathi-charged on protestors and the senior leader Lala Lajpat Rai was severely injured and succumbed to his injuries.

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