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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 Widening Rift

The Widening Rift

(p.253) 23 The Widening Rift

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter focuses on dissensions within the Indian National Congress. The crisis in the Congress was partly due to the revolt of the younger generation against its leadership. Gokhale’s friend G.A. Natesan, the Madras publisher, argued that the crisis could have been averted by greater flexibility on the part of Pherozeshah Mehta in conceding a democratic constitution for the Congress. By October 1906, the Calcutta session had become an occasion for a trial of strength between the two parties in Bengal. The Congress presidency was the chief bone of contention. The Extremists, led by B.C. Pal and Aurobindo Ghose, favoured Tilak, but the Moderates refused to accept him.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian National Congress, dissent, G.A. Natesan, Pherozeshah Mehta, Tilak, Calcutta session, B.C. Pal, Aurobindo Ghose

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