The End of an Era

B. R. Nanda

in Gokhale

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

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

The End of an Era

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This chapter focuses on the events that occurred after the death of Gokhale. Within nine months of Gokhale’s death, the Moderates suffered another shattering blow. Pherozeshah Mehta died on 5 November 1915. Most of the Congress veterans were dead or dying. Nationalist politics took a radical turn which helped foster the myth that the Moderates were political ‘mendicants’, woolly-headed, and weak-kneed politicians who only petitioned and prayed to the British for petty concessions, instead of demanding swaraj (self-governance). These myths were the more readily accepted because later generations found it difficult to visualize the heavy odds against which the founders of the Indian National Congress had to contend.

Keywords: Gokhale’s death; Moderates; Pherozeshah Mehta’s death; Indian National Congress; nationalist politics; swaraj

Chapter.  5740 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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