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Earl Mountbatten
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The role of Viceroy, or Governor-General of India, was the head of the British administration in India.

In 1947 Earl Louis Mountbatten was the final British Admiral appointed to the role of Viceroy of India by British Prime Minister Clement Atlee following his service in India during the Second World War. He was tasked with the role of overseeing the transition of India into an independent country.

Mountbatten enforced a deadline date of August 15th 1947 for the transfer of power from the British to the Indians, arguing that a strict timeline would convince Indians the British government's sincerity in working towards a swift and efficient independence.