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Tussle with Gandhi

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/9780195693430.003.0022
Tussle with Gandhi

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This chapter takes a look at the conflict that arose between Gandhi and Motilal Nehru. It first emphasizes the strength of Gandhi’s bond with the Indian population and lists the basic differences between Gandhi and Motilal. It shows that a rift slowly formed between the Swarajists and the Mahatma, the latter believing that the activities of the Swarajists were inconsistent with the non-co-operation movement. It then examines Motilal’s memorandum, where he expressed his own views and his criticisms of Gandhi’s thesis. Next, it demonstrates how he dealt with the practical features of non-violence and discusses the evident and serious division in the leadership of Congress. The Nehru-Gandhi conflict culminated at the Ahmedabad meeting of the All India Congress Committee. The chapter determines that in the end, the Swarajists triumphed and survived Gandhi’s resistance.

Keywords: Nehru–Gandhi conflict; Swarajists; Motilal’s memorandum; Gandhi’s thesis; non-violence; Ahmedabad meeting

Chapter.  4143 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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