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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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Towards Confrontation

Towards Confrontation

(p.322) Chapter 17 Towards Confrontation

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter examines the events that pointed towards an inevitable confrontation between Gandhi and the Viceroy. It first notes Gandhi observation that public opinion was quickly turning in favour of civil disobedience, and that he needed to speed-up the non-cooperation movement. However, the Viceroy was also under pressure to defeat the non-cooperation movement. The chapter looks at the directive of the Cabinet—it criticized the Viceroy for his delay in arresting Gandhi—that was provoked by the approaching visit of the Prince of Wales to India. It is then followed by a section that examines the Bombay riots, which caused the Indian government to consider adopting more drastic measures. The chapter ends with a section on Gandhi’s first campaign on mass civil disobedience to be conducted in Bardoli.

Keywords:   Gandhi–Viceroy confrontation, civil disobedience, non-cooperation movement, Cabinet’s directive, Prince of Wales, Bombay riots, Bardoli

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