The Clash

B. R. Nanda

in The Nehrus

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195693430
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081387 | DOI:
The Clash

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This chapter examines the clash between Motilal Nehru and Jawaharlal Nehru. It discusses the Simon Commission, which caused the Indian parties to create an alternative Constitution. The reaction to the Commission revealed the growing sensitivity of the Indian intelligentsia. It notes that Jawaharlal’s visit to Europe gave his politics a sharper edge, and his position as the General Secretary of the Congress gave him access to the work of the All Parties Conference committee. It shows that the controversy surrounding the Dominion Status emphasized the temperamental and intellectual differences between Motilal and Jawaharlal. The chapter also talks about the arguments and addresses they delivered in public, specifically at the Calcutta and Lahore sessions of the Indian National Congress. Finally, it examines the critical issue of the ‘Dominion Status’ versus ‘Independence’.

Keywords: Dominion Status; Simon Commission; alternative constitution; Indian intelligentsia; Indian National Congress; Independence

Chapter.  5191 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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