India: Pressure Groups Material

Scope and Content

Pamphlets from the All India Sampradayikta Virodhi Committee, the All India Youth Federation and the Akhil Bharat Sarva Seva Sangh.

Administrative / Biographical History

Although democracy in India soon brought forth a huge range of political parties Western-style pressure groups were slower to emerge. Those groups featured here are concerned with the predominant issues of the 1970s: the growth of communalism, India's foreign policy and the social and political crisis which culminated in the 1975 state of emergency.


Alphabetically by group, and then in rough chronological order.

Access Information

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.

Acquisition Information

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Other Finding Aids

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institutes of Commonwealth and Latin American Studies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Custodial History

The Commonwealth Pressure Group Materials collection was built up alongside that of the Political Parties, which was begun in 1960-61, and likewise concentrated on the collection of primary material. The main method of gathering material has been to appeal directly to pressure groups throughout the Commonwealth, though contributions from Institute members and staff following visits to relevant countries have been significant. More recently material has been collected by means of downloading documents from the websites of significant groups and movements.


Further accruals are expected, some in electronic form.

Related Material

See also India: Trades Unions Material (TU.II) and India: Political Party Material (PP.II), as well as Political Party, Trades Unions and Pressure Group Materials for other Commonwealth countries, and related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held at ICS.