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GandhiPan-Islamism, Imperialism and Nationalism in India$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.001.0001

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Epilogue Epilogue Verdict on Non-Cooperation

Epilogue Epilogue Verdict on Non-Cooperation

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(p.398) Epilogue Verdict on Non-Cooperation
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Gandhi
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0021

This chapter discusses the concept of non-cooperation, which was the subject of one of Gandhi’s main programmes. It first conveys the astonishment of British officials with regard to the non-cooperation programme, which inevitably led to a decrease in the status of government and government agents. It then looks at Gandhi’s claim that resolutions in Bardoli did not revert to the non-cooperation programme that was approved by the Nagpur Congress, and that only mass civil disobedience had been removed. It reveals Gandhi’s primary aim as the politicization of the masses, and his programme was highly dependent on the response of the middle class. The discussion also looks at the effects of the decline of non-cooperation in India. In conclusion, the chapter says that one of Mahatma Gandhi’s real achievements was his discovery of the truth that no government could completely rule a country without its people’s cooperation.

Keywords:   non-cooperation programme, resolutions in Bardoli, Nagpur Congress, mass civil disobedience, politicization of the masses, middle class

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