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Rowlatt Act of 1919

Posted on : 11 Jan 2020

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  • British government enacted the Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes Act of 1919, popularly known as the Rowlatt Act. The act was against the basic principle of the rule of law.
  • The act was hurriedly passed in the Imperial Legislative Council despite the united opposition of the Indian members.
  • It gave the government enormous powers to repress political activities and allowed the detention of political prisoners without trial for two years.
  • The Act would thus also enable the Government to suspend the right of habeas Corpus which had been the foundation of civil liberties in Britain.
  • Three of the legislative council members resigned in protest to the act. They were Mohommed Ali Jinnah, Madan Mohan Malaviya and Mazhar-ul-Huq.

Article Related Questions

  1. Who among the following resigned from their membership of the central legislative council against the passage of Rowlatt Act 1919?
    1.Motilal Nehru
    2.Mohammad Ali Jinnah
    3.Madan Mohan Malviya
    4.Abul Kalam Azad
    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.3 and 4 only

    4.1, 2, 3 and 4

    Right Ans : 2 and 3 only

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