Princes and the People

B. R. Nanda

in In Gandhi’s Footsteps

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195663433
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081424 | DOI:
Princes and the People

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This chapter discusses Jamnalal’s expertise and his efforts to settle the conflict in the princely states in Rajasthan. It looks at his interest in his native Rajasthan, which was influenced by his association with Gandhi and the Indian National Congress. The chapter then describes Jamnalal’s suggestion of mediation and a peaceful solution to the problems of Rajasthan, which was eventually ignored by the British Diwan, Sir Beauchamp St John. He was, however, successful in resolving the Sikar crisis, which eventually led to his involvement in a major political crisis. The discussion then turns to the Jaipur Praja Mandal affair. Gandhi believed that feudal rule would collapse if nationalist pressure within British India was successful in shutting down British imperialism. It shows that the praja mandals and the alienation of the politically conscious classes in the states helped Vallabhbhai Patel force the wayward princes to obey.

Keywords: princely states in Rajasthan; Sir Beauchamp St John; Sikar crisis; Jaipur Praja Mandal affair; feudal rule; nationalist pressure; British imperialism; Vallabhbhai Patel

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