Attempts by the British to have the conference method dropped were frustrated by Indian delegates, but the final session was half the size of the first. The Princes were represented by their ministers, Congress had re-launched civil disobedience after Gandhi’s arrest and did not participate, and the event was widely considered a rubber-stamping exercise. Its recommendations, after scrutiny by a Joint Select Committee, formed the bedrock of the Government of India Act (1935) providing for immediate provincial autonomy and eventual federation.
The membership of the third conference session numbered 46. For selected delegate profiles, see the links below:
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