chapter  3
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The Problem of “Reliable Information”: British-Indian Contacts in 1931 and 1932

Just as those who championed the federal plan as the antidote to Indian nationalism relied upon political intelligence and perceptions in making policy, so they also required a good deal of domestic political and intra-party information in getting the reform scheme successfully enacted into law. For Sam Hoare and the Tory leadership, therefore, Lancashire was certain to command tender solicitude, no matter what the issues of the day. That the central Tory concern in the period was to work out a plan of political reform for India only intensified the party leaders apprehensions about Conservatisms future in the cotton county. The Derbys had been a tremendous presence in both local and national politics since the early nineteenth century. Lancashire's involvement, or at least its attempted intervention, in the shaping of Indian policy in the 1930s was more complicated than it might seem at first glance.