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The Plunge

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/9780195693430.003.0016
The Plunge

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This chapter identifies the reasons of Motilal’s shift towards Gandhi’s politics. It highlights Gandhi’s adherence towards relief on the Khilafat issue, compensation for the Punjab tragedy, and abolishment of the Rowlatt Bills. It then takes a look at the official reports of the Congress Inquiry Committee about the disturbances in Punjab—the report of Lord Hunter and his European peers was met with outrage. Next, it examines the Dumraon case, where Motilal teamed up with N.N. Sircar to resolve the property dispute, and Jawaharlal’s short visit to the countryside, which proved to be very beneficial. It notes that although Motilal’s politics became increasingly radical, he still found it difficult to fully devote himself to Gandhi’s cause. Eventually, it was his love for Jawaharlal and the friendship he had forged with Gandhi that allowed him to join forces with Gandhi.

Keywords: Motilal’s shift towards Gandhi; Khilafat issue; Punjab tragedy; Congress Inquiry Committee; Dumraon case; radicalization

Chapter.  5564 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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