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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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Gokhale Comes of Age

Gokhale Comes of Age

(p.145) 14 Gokhale Comes of Age

B. R. Nanda

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An account of the steady rise of Gokhale’s political career is provided in this chapter. From 1902, Gokhale spent the best part of the winter not in Poona, but in Calcutta. Calcutta was the seat of the provincial and central governments, and the heart of commerce of the ‘Indian Empire’. The gulf between the Indians and the Europeans was much wider in Calcutta than in Bombay. Gokhale’s privileged position as a member of the Imperial Council gave him access to the highest official quarters, but there were hardly any Europeans with whom he could be friends with. It was in the Indian—or rather in the Bengali—society of Calcutta where he received respect, warmth, and affection.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Calcutta, heart of commerce, Imperial Council, Europeans, Indian/Bengali society, political career

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