The British Response

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195658279
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081394 | DOI:
The British Response

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This chapter discusses the various responses of the British towards Gandhi’s declaration of satyagraha against the Rowlatt Bills. British officials were initially amused at Gandhi’s efforts, but it quickly changed into confusion, annoyance, and, finally, panic. It examines the events that led to Gandhi’s arrest in April 1919. It considers the advice presented to the Viceroy regarding handling Gandhi, and then looks at the arrival of Lord Reading in April 1921. His arrival raised hopes for a brand new initiative within the political field, and he was expected to stop the movement towards anarchy and disorder. The ‘apology incident’, the Karachi trial, and the Congress–Khilafat alliance are also looked at in this chapter.

Keywords: British response; declaration of satyagraha; Rowlatt Bills; Gandhi’s arrest; Lord Reading; apology incident; Karachi trial; Congress–Khilafat alliance

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