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63 High Commission in New Delhi to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 442 NEW DELHI, 9 November 1948

A broad survey which Nehru gave yesterday to the Constituent
Assembly contained the following points:

(i) He had entered into no commitment in London with regard to
India's membership of the Commonwealth; this was essentially a
matter for the Constituent Assembly. Possibly the question would
come up in the course of the current session in a more concrete

(ii) In whatever form it should arise, the question was something
apart from, and in a sense independent of, the Constitution now
being considered. He said 'we pass that constitution for an
independent sovereign democratic India, for a republic as we
choose, and the second question has to be considered separately at
whatever time it suits the House.'
(iii) The Objectives Resolution of January 22nd 1947 declaring
India a sovereign independent republic must stand unless the
Constituent Assembly changed it.

[AA: A5009/2, A7/9, 1]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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