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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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Plunge Into Politics

Plunge Into Politics

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In Gandhi’s Footsteps

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Jamnalal’s involvement in politics. It begins with the introduction of the Rowlatt Bills in the Imperial Legislative Council, which was widely opposed by all sections of the Indian opinion. Gandhi’s response to this legislation came in the form of a satyagraha agitation, a one-day hartal, where all business activities would be temporarily halted. The next section discusses Gandhi’s arrest, which was followed by a period of violence. These events confirmed that Gandhi’s satyagraha agitation was not as peaceful as he initially believed it to be. The chapter then examines Gandhi’s report on the 1919 Punjab disturbances and lists the reasons why Jamnalal excluded himself from nationalist politics and responded to Gandhi’s call for sacrifice. It concludes with Jamnalal’s appointment as the chairman of the Reception Committee for the Nagpur Congress session, a session that proved to be a turning point in the history of the Congress.

Keywords:   Rowlatt Bills, Imperial Legislative Council, hartal, satyagraha agitation, 1919 Punjab disturbances, nationalist politics, renunciation and sacrifice, Nagpur Congress session

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