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The Young Nationalist

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/9780195693430.003.0008
The Young Nationalist

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This chapter examines Jawaharlal’s growing passion for politics. He read the proceedings of the Indian National Congress and had a strong dislike for racial arrogance, which was often seen on the railways. The chapter first looks at the defeat of the Russian fleet by the Japanese navy, and notes that Jawaharlal’s return to Harrow only increased his interest in politics. It then studies the events in 1907 that led to Motilal’s entry into active politics. It discusses the tension between the Extremists and the Moderates, as well as the tensions that had been building since Lord Curzon’s viceroyalty. The chapter also discusses the first political conflict between Motilal and Jawaharlal, the Surat Congress, and Jawaharlal’s growing radicalism and militant nationalism.

Keywords: racial arrogance; Indian National Congress; active politics; Lord Curzon; political conflict; Surat Congress; radicalism; militant nationalism

Chapter.  5202 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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