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Politics Calling

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/9780195693430.003.0010
Politics Calling

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This chapter looks at Motilal’s term in the Moderate party. It first examines his presidential speech for the third United Provinces Social Conference, where he talked about social reform and the removal of caste and purdah. It then looks at Motilal’s expectations of the Secretary of State, John Morley’s ability and desire to open a new chapter in Indo-British relations. However, Morley’s true agenda was discovered after the reform proposals were published. Still, Motilal was elected into the larger provincial council under the ‘reformed’ constitution, where he criticized the little allocations given for education and sanitation. The chapter also studies the twenty–sixth session of the Indian National Congress. This session was held in Allahabad and included a convening of a Hindu-Muslim conference and the formation of the Hindu Mahasabha.

Keywords: Motilal’s term; Moderate party; presidential speech; United Provinces Social Conference; caste; purdah; Indo-British relations; Indian National Conference; Hindu–Muslim conference; Hindu Mahasabha

Chapter.  3514 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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