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GandhiPan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.001.0001

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Riding the Khilafat Tiger

Riding the Khilafat Tiger

(p.282) Chapter 14 Riding the Khilafat Tiger

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter discusses Gandhi’s contribution to the Khilafat agitation. It looks at his interest in the agitation and the influence of his non-cooperation movement. It shows that while the Indian Muslims viewed the Khilafat issue in its religious aspects, Gandhi focused only on its political aspects. It reveals that the conflict between the Khilafatists and the old Muslim leadership was caused by the rejection of government-aided educational institutions. It then examines the rise of the Khilafat movement and the involvement of the Ali brothers, who were regarded as ambitious by older Indian Muslim leaders. It determines that it was only the brothers’ alliance with Gandhi that prevented their arrest. The chapter furthers that the British had difficulty creating an effective response to Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement due to the link between the Congress and Khilafat agitations.

Keywords:   Khilafat agitation, non-cooperation movement, Ali brothers, Khilafat movement, Congress, Gandhi

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