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GokhaleThe Indian Moderates and the British Raj$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195647518

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647518.001.0001

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Road to Surat

Road to Surat

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(p.279) 25 Road to Surat
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Gokhale
Author(s):

B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647518.003.0025

This chapter focuses on the Congress session in Surat in December 1907. As the 1,600 delegates and 800 visitors trooped into the huge Congress pavilion on the bank of the Tapti on 26 December, there was a latent tension and an air of vague expectancy, but no one could have predicted the course of events. During one session, Tilak refused to be ruled out of order. This led to verbal exchanges and taunts between the Extremists and the Moderates, and deteriorated into the brandishing of sticks and the unrolling of turbans; the breaking of chairs and bruising of heads. The crowning humiliation occurred when the police came and cleared the hall.

Keywords:   Congress, congressional sessions, Surat, Tilak, Extremists, Moderates, humiliation

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