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Political Activism in Lucknow and its Neighbourhood

Mushirul Hasan

in From Pluralism to Separatism

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693232
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693232.003.0006
  Political Activism in Lucknow and its Neighbourhood

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In 1877, Awadh was annexed to the neighbouring North-Western Provinces, which heightened the anxieties of Lakhnavis. This despite the fact that the ensuing changes had little effect on their city’s position vis-à-vis Allahabad, the new capital. Lucknow, British India’s fourth largest city, soon became the centre of political activism. Compared to Allahabad which was bustling with intense political activity, Lucknow was a benign city. This is where Wilayat Ali Kidwai’s children grew up. The educated professional classes and some wasiqadars lost political power and privileges after the annexation of Awadh. From 1885 to 1905, Lakhnavis constituted the majority of Muslim delegates in the United Provinces.

Keywords: Awadh; Lakhnavis; Lucknow; British India; Allahabad; Wilayat Ali Kidwai; United Provinces; political activism

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