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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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Gandhi and Gokhale

Gandhi and Gokhale

(p.407) 37 Gandhi and Gokhale

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter focuses on the meetings between M.K. Gandhi, a young barrister practising at Durban, and Gokhale. It details their very brief first meeting on 12 October 1896, which has been graphically described by Gandhi in his autobiography. They met again five years later, when after the Boer War, Gandhi decided to leave Natal and practise law at Bombay; again in December 1901, he was in Calcutta to attend the annual Congress session. With Gokhale’s support, Gandhi succeeded in piloting his resolution on the plight of ‘British Indians’ in South Africa through the Subjects Committee and the plenary session of the Calcutta Congress. Both Gandhi and Gokhale were, however, too intelligent and honest not to be aware of their intellectual and temperamental differences.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, M.K. Gandhi, Boer War, British Indians, South Africa, Calcutta Congress

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