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Jamnalal Bajaj

B. R. Nanda

in In Search of Gandhi

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195672039
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195672039.003.0019
Jamnalal Bajaj

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This chapter discusses Mahatma Gandhi’s relationship with industrialist Jamnalal Bajaj who had a natural aversion to politics. He became close to Gandhi because Gandhi seemed to him, as to most other observers, a religious and social reformer rather than a political leader. Jamnalal’s bond with Gandhi had become so strong during the 1920s that he could not but follow him into the political vortex, though he was immeasurably more vulnerable to official vindictiveness than the eminent lawyers who supported Gandhi. This chapter suggests that Bajaj would have inherited the non-political legacy of the Mahatma: the regeneration of rural India through voluntary workers, but fate had willed otherwise.

Keywords: Mahatma Gandhi; Jamnalal Bajaj; industrialist; politics; social reformer; political leader; official vindictiveness; rural India

Chapter.  2050 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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