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Towards Confrontation

B. R. Nanda

in Gandhi

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195658279
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0017
Towards Confrontation

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This chapter examines the events that pointed towards an inevitable confrontation between Gandhi and the Viceroy. It first notes Gandhi observation that public opinion was quickly turning in favour of civil disobedience, and that he needed to speed-up the non-cooperation movement. However, the Viceroy was also under pressure to defeat the non-cooperation movement. The chapter looks at the directive of the Cabinet—it criticized the Viceroy for his delay in arresting Gandhi—that was provoked by the approaching visit of the Prince of Wales to India. It is then followed by a section that examines the Bombay riots, which caused the Indian government to consider adopting more drastic measures. The chapter ends with a section on Gandhi’s first campaign on mass civil disobedience to be conducted in Bardoli.

Keywords: Gandhi–Viceroy confrontation; civil disobedience; non-cooperation movement; Cabinet’s directive; Prince of Wales; Bombay riots; Bardoli

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