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Indian independence and its aftermath

Geoffrey Carnall

in Gandhi's Interpreter

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651948 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640454.003.0009
Indian independence and its aftermath

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This chapter discusses Alexander's return to India and the number of issues which plagued the country during that time, first examining the real prospect of famine, which was estimated to be worse than the 1943 Bengal famine. It reveals that Alexander and his colleagues discovered a good food procurement and rationing system in the United Provinces, despite the looming threat of famine in the area. The chapter then shifts to Gandhi's determination to meet the challenge of his vision of a non-violent and united India, as well as his efforts to gain good relations between the Muslims and Hindus in rural Bengal. It also looks at the arrival of a new Vicereine, the World Pacifist Meeting, and the violence crisis in Bengal and Punjab.

Keywords: return to India; famine; food procurement; rationing; United Provinces; Muslim–Hindu relations; rural Bengal; World Pacifist Meeting; violence crisis

Chapter.  21773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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