Educating the Masses

B. R. Nanda

in Gokhale

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780195647518
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081400 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Educating the Masses

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This chapter focuses on Gokhale’s education policies. In 1910, at the very first meeting of the ‘reformed’ Imperial Council, Gokhale proposed that ‘a beginning should be made’ in the direction of making elementary education free and compulsory throughout the country, and that a mixed commission of officials and non-officials be appointed to frame definite proposals. On 16 March 1911, he introduced his Elementary Education Bill, which incorporated most of the suggestions he had made in the Imperial Council a year earlier. Gokhale had known all along that because of the standing majority of the official bloc in the Imperial Council, the fate of his bill would ultimately depend upon the attitude of the government. In March 1911, that attitude seemed to him ‘cautious, but not unfriendly’.

Keywords: Gopal Krishna Gokhale; education policy; elementary education; Elementary Education Bill; Imperial Council

Chapter.  3758 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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