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End of the Tether

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/9780195693430.003.0025
End of the Tether

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This chapter examines the period during 1927 when Motilal finally reached a dead end in nationalist politics. It first looks at the bleak political outlook in India during 1927, which were full of personal conflict, factional rivalry, and communal antagonism. It notes that despite Gandhi’s absence in active politics, no major decisions were made without his advice. It introduces Dr M.A. Ansari, who was elected as Congress president in 1927; Gandhi believed that Ansari would focus on the Hindu-Muslim question and act accordingly. The discussion notes that it was during this time that Motilal reached a halt in his role in nationalist politics, and decided to spend a holiday in Europe. Unfortunately, several factors prevented him leaving immediately, and one of these was financial constraints. The chapter also discusses Motilal’s return to legal practice, which left him drained.

Keywords: nationalist politics; political outlook in 1927; personal conflict; factional rivalry; communal antagonism; Dr M.A. Ansari; Hindu-Muslim question; return to legal practice

Chapter.  4829 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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