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Servants of India

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/9780195647518.003.0016

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Servants of India

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By 1904, it was clear to Gokhale that the Indian National Congress was losing its influence in India, and its branch in England, the British Committee, was on the verge of insolvency and collapse. Many of the Congress leaders were well-meaning and patriotic, and some of them were able and eloquent, but they tended to treat politics as an occasional diversion from their personal and professional preoccupations. This chapter focuses on Gokhale’s plans to set-up the ‘Servants of India Society’ in early 1905. The Society was aimed at training young men for public life. The preamble to the constitution of the Servants of India Society, drafted by Gokhale, was a confession of his political faith.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; Indian National Congress; patriotic leaders; Servants of India Society; public life; political faith

Chapter.  3468 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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