The viral post on the Transfer of Power Agreement is misleading.
JL Nehru and MK Gandhi signed Transfer of Power Agreement with the British with the following conditions – 10 billion rupees pension from our country to Britain every year, 30 thousand tonnes of beef to Britain every year. The secret agreement was extended by foreign agent Sonia Maino till 2024 by the then Prime Minister, Indra Kumar Gujral. Joint Property Under the British Nationality Act 1948, says that every Indian, Australian, Canadian, whether Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, is still legally a slave of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who is now dead, so now In his stead we are slaves of King Charles III.
A long post on a secret agreement is viral on Facebook. The post claims that JL Nehru and MK Gandhi signed a Confidentiality Agreement at the time of independence and is kept a secret till now and the condition is that India cannot make this paper public for fifty years from 1947 and according to the Indian Constitution, even the Indian Parliament, Prime Minister or President does not have the right to amend it, and those were articles 366, 371, 372 and 395.
The post further claims that the agreement mentions that from the year 1947 till today, a 10 billion rupees pension from our country goes to Queen Elizabeth and India is bound to give 30 thousand tonnes of beef every year to Britain.
The post further mentions that in 1997, before the completion of fifty years of this Transfer of Power Agreement, the secret agreement was extended by foreign agent Sonia Maino till 2024 by the then Prime Minister, Indra Kumar Gujral to prevent it from becoming public. And this particular post is shared in the context that if PM Narendra Modi comes to power again in 2024 he would make the secret agreement public. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.
What is the truth?
Transfer of Power Agreement:
When searching with relevant keywords ‘transfer of power agreement’, we found a document titled ‘India (Transfer of Power) on the UK website. But the document does not have any terms related to pension and beef or the terms of maintaining it secret for fifty years.
Pension of Rs. 10 billion/year to Britain:
The expenditure estimates for every year are recorded and are available for the public to view. These documents did not mention the pension estimated to pay to Britain in the past years. We checked the budget for two years randomly and did not find any estimates in the document.
30000 tonnes of beef to Britain every year:
When searching about the details of beef export to Britain, we found the government website named ‘Agri Exchange’ which shows the details of buffalo meat exported to the UK from 2019 to 2022. During 2019-20, India exported 29 MT of buffalo meat for the value of 39.90 lakhs. But did not export any in 2020-21 and 2021-22. This inconsistency in export proves that there is no term to send 30 thousand tonnes of beef to Britain every year.
Extension of secret agreement in 1997:
No secret agreement existed to extend it as claimed. The Transfer of Power Agreement is available for the public to view and the link was shared and discussed at the beginning of this article. We also searched for the then PM Inder Kumar Gujral signing the extension of the secret agreement, but no relevant results were found.
About Commonwealth Nations:
When the British Nationality Act of 1948 is searched for a joint property act and to know if India or any other country is listed as a slave of Britain’s Queen or King, we found that India is listed as one of the Commonwealth nations but no terms mentioning that the Commonwealth countries remain a slave of Britain is seen in the document.
With further search, we found that the Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries, almost all of which were formerly under British rule. The page further mentions that India was the first country that wished to remain within the Commonwealth although it wanted to become a republic.
And it is said that the role of Head of the Commonwealth is not hereditary but following an unanimous decision in 2018, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, His Majesty The King became Head of the Commonwealth.
It is found that most of the claims made in the long post shared regarding the Transfer of Power Agreement are false.