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The Young Nationalist

B. R. Nanda

in Jawaharlal Nehru

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195645866
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195645866.003.0001
The Young Nationalist

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Jawaharlal Nehru already showed passionate nationalism at barely sixteen years old. In 1905, he read in The Times that the Swadeshi movement had spread to Kashmir. He also showed particular interest in the proceedings of the Indian National Congress. Nehru was dismayed when his father Motilal wrote from Calcutta about the conflict between the Moderates and the Extremists in the 1906 Congress. He was thrilled by the Japanese navy’s overwhelming victory over the Russian fleet off Taushima. The transition from Allahabad to Harrow apparently stimulated rather than suppressed Nehru’s interest in politics. The militant nationalism of his eighteen-year-old son did not please Motilal Nehru, whose attitude towards Jawaharlal’s ever-growing radicalism was successively one of indignation, opposition, conflict, conversion and, finally, championship.

Keywords: Motilal Nehru; Jawaharlal Nehru; nationalism; politics; Swadeshi movement; Kashmir; Indian National Congress; Moderates; Extremists; Harrow

Chapter.  5206 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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