Chapter

Last Days

B. R. Nanda

in In Gandhi’s Footsteps

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195663433
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.003.0025
Last Days

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This chapter takes a look at the last days of Jamnalal. It first describes the melancholic mood that took hold of Jamnalal, which Gandhi was quick to notice. It examines Gandhi’s efforts to lift Jamnalal’s spirits, such as suggesting visiting the ashrams of two revered Indian saints. Gandhi believed that Jamnalal’s melancholy was due to spiritual and mental unrest, as well as external pressures and circumstances. The next section studies another issue that Gandhi was concerned with, namely, the issue of ‘cow protection’. It shows that Gandhi ridiculed the hypocrisy of cow worshippers, and then studies the various recommendations that were presented by the All-India Cow Conference. The chapter ends with a brief account of the events that happened on 10 February 1942, the day of Jamnalal’s death.

Keywords: last days of Jamnalal; melancholy; Jamnalal’s death; cow protection issue; cow worshippers; All-India Cow Conference; Jamnalal’s death

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