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Wanted, A Leader

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/9780195647518.003.0015

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Wanted, A Leader

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This chapter focuses on the doubt and demoralization that plagued the Indian National Congress. The view that the Indian National Congress was a sick organization was widely shared, but opinions varied on the remedy. The reins of the Congress at this time were in the hands of Pherozeshah Mehta. Pherozeshah and his friends, whose control of the Congress in India was unquestioned, were averse to new ideas. To Pherozeshah, any innovation—such as a constitution for the Congress—seemed a nuisance. Many began looking up to Gokhale as the man who would rescue the Congress in India and the British Committee in England from stagnation.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; Indian National Congress; self-government; Pherozeshah Mehta; British Committee

Chapter.  5976 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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