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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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Leader of the Opposition

Leader of the Opposition

(p.378) 34 Leader of the Opposition

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter focuses on the perception of Gokhale as ‘Leader of the Opposition’. Towards his Indian colleagues, even those who toed the official line, Gokhale did not adopt a superior or self-righteous attitude. In his private correspondence with the Secretary of State, Minto referred to Gokhale as the ‘leader of the non-officials in the Legislative Council’. Ali Imam, a member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council, once described Gokhale as the ‘Leader of the Opposition’ on the floor of the House. Though there was no organized ‘Opposition’, Gokhale realized that even the moral influence, which the handful of elected members could exercise, depended upon their ability to hold together. Gokhale did his best to keep clear of communal and regional controversies.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of the Opposition, Minto, Ali Iman, Viceroy’s Executive Council, controversies

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