West Wind

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI:
West Wind

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This chapter looks at the westernization that occurred in Motilal’s life, which started with Motilal’s insistence that everyone in the house must talk in English. It first describes the Hindu society during the early nineteenth century, and then studies the impact the West had on Hindu society. It is followed by an account of Motilal’s visit to Europe, which helped hasten his westernization. It shows that upon his return from Europe, Motilal refused to do ‘the purification ceremony’ and was excommunicated. Nevertheless, Motilal became closer to the British community in Allahabad. This chapter also explains that Motilal accepted and applied the western ways as a bid for freedom from the society that he had been born into.

Keywords: westernization; Hindu society; European visit; purification ceremony; excommunication; British community; western ways

Chapter.  4318 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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