• S. H. Steinberg
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CONSTITUTION. On 26 Jan. 1950 India became a sovereign democratic republic. India’s relations with the British Commonwealth of Nations were defined at the London conference of Prime Ministers on 27 April 1949. Unanimous agreement was reached to the effect that the Republic of India remains a full member of the Commonwealth and accepts the Queen as ‘the symbol of the free association of its independent member nations and, as such, the head of the Commonwealth’. This agreement was ratified by the Constituent Assembly of India on 17 May 1949.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
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  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUSA

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