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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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Princes and the People

Princes and the People

(p.284) 21 Princes and the People
In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

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This chapter discusses Jamnalal’s expertise and his efforts to settle the conflict in the princely states in Rajasthan. It looks at his interest in his native Rajasthan, which was influenced by his association with Gandhi and the Indian National Congress. The chapter then describes Jamnalal’s suggestion of mediation and a peaceful solution to the problems of Rajasthan, which was eventually ignored by the British Diwan, Sir Beauchamp St John. He was, however, successful in resolving the Sikar crisis, which eventually led to his involvement in a major political crisis. The discussion then turns to the Jaipur Praja Mandal affair. Gandhi believed that feudal rule would collapse if nationalist pressure within British India was successful in shutting down British imperialism. It shows that the praja mandals and the alienation of the politically conscious classes in the states helped Vallabhbhai Patel force the wayward princes to obey.

Keywords:   princely states in Rajasthan, Sir Beauchamp St John, Sikar crisis, Jaipur Praja Mandal affair, feudal rule, nationalist pressure, British imperialism, Vallabhbhai Patel

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