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Indian National Congress

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.003.0004
Indian National Congress

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This chapter discusses the first meeting of the Indian National Congress, which was conducted on 28 December 1885. It was presided over by Allan Octavian Hume. Hume believed that while the British helped bring peace to India, they still had not solved the country’s economic problems. The next section considers the possibility that an All-India political organization would not be accepted by the ‘guardians’ of the British Raj. It also studies the significance of Hume’s speech, which was delivered in Allahabad, and the growing conflict between British officials and the local Indian intelligentsia. The chapter ends with a discussion of Lord Curzon’s regime, the partition of Bengal in 1905, and the time when Motilal was making his way to the top of the Bar.

Keywords: Indian National Congress; Allan Octavian Hume; economic problems; All-India political organization; British imperialism; Indian intelligentsia; Lord Curzon; partition of Bengal

Chapter.  3641 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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