Home Rule League

The Indian political scene was overshadowed those days by two important persons – Balagangadhar Tilak and Annie Besant. The had set up Home Rule Leagues, Tilak’s in Maharahstra and Besant’s in other parts of the country. Both the leagues had the same president, Dadabhai Naoroji

Some of the leaders of the Congress like Surendranath Banerji thought that the growth of the Home Rule Movement would eat into the prospects of the Congress. But the Movement caught on and Annie Besant was invited to preside over the Congress session in Calcutta in 1916.