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Détente

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/9780195647518.003.0033

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Détente

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This chapter considers Gokhale’s policy of general conciliation. Sir Charles Hardinge, an Under-Secretary in the British Foreign Office, succeeded Minto as viceroy. He came to India at a time when, exhausted by the humiliations of the Curzon regime and the deferred hopes and the final frustrations of the Minto–Morley reforms, the politically conscious classes were longing for a breathing space. Gokhale himself favoured a moratorium on political controversies for a few years. He wanted to concentrate on constructive programmes in which officials and non-officials, Hindus and Muslims, Europeans and Indians could cooperate. A political truce at this time was especially welcome to the new viceroy because of the proposed visit and coronation of George V towards the end of 1911.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; general conciliation; Sir Charles Hardinge; British Foreign Office; Minto–Morley reforms; political truce; George V

Chapter.  2580 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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