Letters from Prison

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI:
Letters from Prison

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This chapter discusses the letters Motilal and Jawaharlal wrote to each other while in their respective prisons. It first shows that while Motilal was heading Gandhi’s non-co-operation movement, Jawaharlal was biding his time in gaol. Shortly after his release, Jawaharlal witnessed Gandhi’s historic trial and immersed himself into the non-co-operation movement. It states that Jawaharlal’s nationalism ante-dated Gandhi’s arrival, the First World War, and the Rowlatt Acts. Jawaharlal returned to Lucknow gaol in May 1922, and Motilal was transferred to Nainital prison. The chapter also describes the regular routine of exercise and activity enforced in Lucknow gaol, and reveals that Jawaharlal’s stay in the gaol allowed him to catch up on his reading. Jawaharlal was released from Lucknow gaol due to the Government’s partial amnesty, and he served as the mediator between the No-Changers and the Swarajists.

Keywords: letters from prison; Gandhi’s historical trial; nationalism; Lucknow gaol; partial amnesty; mediator; No-Changers; Swarajists

Chapter.  3183 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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