Minto Road came from Lord Minto Governor-General British India. Lord Minto served in British India as the Governor-General from 1905. He was born in London on 9 July 1845, studied at Cambridge and later served in the Scottish Guards.

Lord Minto also worked as a newspaper correspondent in Spain and Turkey from 1874 to 1877. Later, he went to Canada where he worked as military secretary. From 1898 to 1905, he was the Governor-General of Canada and in November 1905, he was transferred to British India as Viceroy to succeed Lord Curzon who had resigned. Lord Minto was a Tory and an aristocrat. He had no administrative experience.

He assumed the post as Governor-General when the Liberal Party came into power in England after the General Elections. John Morley, a Liberal scholar was appointed Secretary of state for India.

The Liberal Party Introduction a new programme of reforms and concessions. His arrival in India had coincided with the agitation of Indians against the Partition of Bengal into East and West Bengal.

The Morley-Minto Indian councils Act materialized in 1909, the first major reform since the 1892 Councils Act. This Act extended the principle of representative Councils attached to the central government in Calcutta, which about to move to Delhi. This Act also brought in numerous government members in Bombay, Agra and Lahore. The Legislative Council increased in size; more seats were provided for non-officials, which led to the maximum of sixty members in the Legislative Councils in India. However, these councils had no real power except to be merely consultative.

Hindu demands prompted a Muslim deputation to the Viceroy at Simla in late 1906. Muslims cited the under representation of Muslim amongst Indians already elected. The Muslims demanded that any future reforms include separate electorates for Muslims. They also wanted a weighted system of representation which would reflect the size of Muslim population and the value and contribution to the defense of the British Empire. It was headed by Aga Khan and supported by landed and commercial Muslim interests and the provinces in the North West.

In early 1907, the All India Muslim League got involved. Some joined the Indian National congress and headed by a brilliant young Bombay Lawyer Mohamed Ali Jinnah.

Home Secretary HH Risley was against territorial representation; he insisted on representation of communities and interests in keeping with the structure of India as he saw it.

Lord Minto, when he received the deputation by the Muslims had promised to give consideration to Muslims demands. The Muslim League was founded in 1906 with the main purpose of preventing Parliamentary political system in India that could lead to a Hindu majority and the Muslim the minority. Risley argued for separate electoral colleges for Muslims. This feature was incorporated in the Constitutional Report of August 1917. This was the beginning of the road to separation in 1947 and the creation of India and Pakistan.

One acrimonious measure of Lord Minto was the revival of the power of deportation without trial of revolutionaries who advocated armed resistance to British rule. Victims of this drastic measure included Lalput Rai and Ajit Singh. Sir Charles Hardinge, the Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, succeeded Lord Minto.