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In Gandhi’s FootstepsThe Life and Times of Jamnalal Bajaj$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195663433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195663433.001.0001

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Life with the Mahatma

Life with the Mahatma

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In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter describes what Jamnalal’s life was like with Gandhi during the 1930s. It starts by discussing question of contesting elections and the formation of popular ministries under the Act of 1935. It then identifies two items in the legislative programme of the ministries in Congress that were inspired by Gandhi, namely, education and prohibition. It reveals that Gandhi’s ideas on education were obtained from personal observation, while his ideas on prohibition came from observing the peasants who spent their wages on alcohol instead of on milk for their children. It then looks at Gandhi’s observation that the constructive work in Indian villages was less popular than political affairs. It also describes the unofficial headquarters of the Indian National Congress in Wardha, which was constantly visited by national leaders and even press correspondents.

Keywords:   contesting elections, Act of 1935, legislative programme, Congress ministries, unofficial headquarters, Indian villages, Wardha

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