Rowlatt Act, 1919

Rowlatt Act: In view of the growing revolutionary terrorism and the on-going First World War, the Governor-General Chelmsford appointed a committee (the sedition or Rowlatt Committee) under the Presidentship of Sydney Rowlatt, a Judge of the King’s Bench in London, to investigate the nature and extent of revolutionary activities and to suggest legislation, if necessary, to deal effectively with them. The Rowlatt Committee, which submitted its Report in April 1918, made a comprehensive review of the activities of militant nationalists and recommended special legislation, both punitive and preventive in character. Two Bills based on the Rowlatt Committee’s recommendation were placed … Continue reading Rowlatt Act, 1919