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Halcyon Days

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/9780195693430.003.0011
Halcyon Days

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This chapter studies the period of calm before Motilal and Jawaharlal were plunged into the political arena. It first discusses the Durbar of 1911, where Motilal, Swarup Rani, and their daughters were treated well and given every courtesy and consideration. It relates the ‘Gaekwad incident’ and Motilal’s pre-eminence at the High Court. It then looks at the temperamental and intellectual differences between Jawaharlal and Motilal, as well as the former’s enthusiasm towards literature. The next section focuses on Jawaharlal’s return to India, where he soon inherits part of his father’s large clientele. It then looks at the Bankipore Congress, which Jawaharlal and Motilal both attended, and the impact of World War I. Finally, the chapter narrates Jawaharlal’s marriage to Kamala Kaul.

Keywords: Durbar of 1911; Gaekwad incident; High Court; temperamental differences; intellectual differences; Bankipore Congress; impact of World War I

Chapter.  6216 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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