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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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Educating the Masses

Educating the Masses

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(p.386) 35 Educating the Masses
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Gokhale
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195647518.003.0035

This chapter focuses on Gokhale’s education policies. In 1910, at the very first meeting of the ‘reformed’ Imperial Council, Gokhale proposed that ‘a beginning should be made’ in the direction of making elementary education free and compulsory throughout the country, and that a mixed commission of officials and non-officials be appointed to frame definite proposals. On 16 March 1911, he introduced his Elementary Education Bill, which incorporated most of the suggestions he had made in the Imperial Council a year earlier. Gokhale had known all along that because of the standing majority of the official bloc in the Imperial Council, the fate of his bill would ultimately depend upon the attitude of the government. In March 1911, that attitude seemed to him ‘cautious, but not unfriendly’.

Keywords:   Gopal Krishna Gokhale, education policy, elementary education, Elementary Education Bill, Imperial Council

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