Early Life

B. R. Nanda

in Gokhale

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780195647518
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081400 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Early Life

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This chapter details the early life of Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Gokhale was born on 9 May 1866, in the little village of Kotluk in the Ratnagiri district of, what was then, the Bombay Presidency. In 1881, he joined the Rajaram College at Kolhapur. The college did not have arrangements for the full BA course because of which he had to go to Poona to continue his studies at the Deccan College. For the final year of his degree, he joined Elphinstone College in Bombay. Not much is known about his college days, but it seems he was exceedingly ambitious with an almost obsessive desire to excel. In January 1885, Gokhale joined the New English School in Poona as an assistant master at a paltry salary of Rs 35 a month.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; early years; Rajaram College; Deccan College; New English School; English education

Chapter.  2530 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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