What made the British leave India?

The following factors made the British leave India:

  • Increasing pressure from the local populace during the final phase of the Indian Independence struggle.
  • World War II had severely damaged the British Empire in terms of economy. To cut their losses they were forced to relinquish many of their colonies.
  • The final nail in the coffin of British rule in India came in the form of the 1946 Royal Indian Navy Mutiny. It showed the British that they were losing control of the local armed forces that were required to safeguard their presence in India and hence their position was no longer tenable.

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