Mohandas Gandhi and fellow activist, Manibehn Patel, on the day of his departure for England in 1931.
In 1900 India was central to the British Empire for strategic and economic reasons. India was a market for British manufactures, an important source of gold and one of Britain's biggest debtors. India moved through a series of political reforms to full independence in 1947.
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