This chapter focuses on Gokhale’s career at Fergusson College, where he taught English literature and mathematics. The study of mathematics was a useful discipline for Gokhale; it gave a statistical bias to his study of economic and financial problems, and lent clarity and trenchancy to his criticisms of official policies. The close reasoning and the great precision, which were to characterize his writings and speeches on economic matters, may have owed something to his training in mathematics in his youth. Gokhale was an exceedingly conscientious teacher. He was well liked by his students, who found him accessible and helpful. They were also spellbound by his clear and eloquent exposition in the classroom.
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