Chapter

The Widening Rift

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/9780195647518.003.0023

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The Widening Rift

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This chapter focuses on dissensions within the Indian National Congress. The crisis in the Congress was partly due to the revolt of the younger generation against its leadership. Gokhale’s friend G.A. Natesan, the Madras publisher, argued that the crisis could have been averted by greater flexibility on the part of Pherozeshah Mehta in conceding a democratic constitution for the Congress. By October 1906, the Calcutta session had become an occasion for a trial of strength between the two parties in Bengal. The Congress presidency was the chief bone of contention. The Extremists, led by B.C. Pal and Aurobindo Ghose, favoured Tilak, but the Moderates refused to accept him.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; Indian National Congress; dissent; G.A. Natesan; Pherozeshah Mehta; Tilak; Calcutta session; B.C. Pal; Aurobindo Ghose

Chapter.  6302 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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