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Apprenticed to Ranade

B. R. Nanda

in Gokhale

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780195647518
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081400 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647518.003.0005

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Apprenticed to Ranade

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Western education directed the thoughts of Poona’s rising generation of Chitpavan Brahmans towards greater participation in the government of their own country through representative institutions. With its small but vocal educated élite, Poona enjoyed a political prestige which rivalled that of the presidency towns in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. For more than twenty years, the town was served by a remarkable institution and by a remarkable man. This institution was the Sarvajanik Sabha, and the man, Mahadev Govind Ranade. This chapter describes how Ranade acquired a pivotal position in the public life of Poona and his role as mentor to Gokhale.

Keywords: Sarvajanik Sabha; Chitpavan Brahmans; educated élite; Poona; political prestige; Mahadev Govind Ranade; mentor; Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Chapter.  5062 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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