The Second World War broke out in September 1939. Linlithgow sought the support of the Indian political leaders for the Allied cause. He promised dominion status to India—after the war had been won. Immediately, he proposed the establishment of an advisory council of all shades of Indian opinion to support the war effort. As the price for the support of the All-India Muslim League, Muhammad Ali Jinnah demanded that the League be recognized as the spokesman of the Muslims. In a declaration on October 17, Linlithgow implicitly accepted his demand. The cartoon shows Jinnah seeking to participate in the negotiations between Gandhi and Linlithgow.