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GokhaleThe Indian Moderates and the British Raj$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195647518

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647518.001.0001

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The Clouds Lift

The Clouds Lift

(p.118) 12 The Clouds Lift

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter focuses on the resurgence of Gokhale’s political career. It seems that for years, Gokhale had cherished the ambition of a parliamentary career at heart, but was reluctant to avow it. In 1896, having been pushed off the political stage in Poona by the rival party, a legislative career may have seemed beyond his grasp. In 1897, his hopes had risen dramatically and then been dashed. Not until 1899 did his luck turn. Gokhale first took his seat in the Bombay Legislative Council in January 1900. Gokhale’s meteoric rise during 1899–1901 was not only due to luck and Pherozeshah’s patronage, but also to his own determination and shrewdness which helped him to outwit his rivals.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, political career, meteoric rise, Bombay Legislative Council, patronage of Pherozeshah, Poona

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