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Fateful Choice

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/9780195693430.003.0009
Fateful Choice

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This chapter looks at how Jawaharlal’s decision not to join the Indian Civil Service (I.C.S.) changed the lives of his family and the history of India. It first shows that Jawaharlal was able to pass into Trinity College, Cambridge, despite the previous misgivings of the headmaster of Harrow. It was in Cambridge where Jawaharlal’s political thinking improved, and his distrust and cynicism towards British intentions and British professions are expressed in some of his letters to his father. It then describes Jawaharlal’s life at Cambridge and notes the passing phase of political and intellectual ferment most Indian students in England experienced. The chapter reveals that despite Jawaharlal’s developing extremism in politics, he did not discount the idea of joining the I.C.S.

Keywords: Indian Civil Service; Trinity College; Jawaharlal’s political thinking; British intentions; Jawaharlal’s life at Cambridge; political and intellectual ferment; extremism

Chapter.  4690 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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