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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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‘The Marriage Of Convenience’

‘The Marriage Of Convenience’

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(p.58) Chapter 4 ‘The Marriage Of Convenience’
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Gandhi
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B. R. Nanda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658279.003.0004

This chapter discusses the ever-widening gap between the Hindus and Muslims and the Hindus and the British. It studies Khan’s policy of protecting the Muslim community from nationalist politics as well as strengthening its ties with the British Raj. It discusses the Muslim consciousness in India, which included a combination of self-pity and self-praise. It then emphasizes the isolation of the Indian Muslims from politics and society, which effectively drew them even closer to the government. It also discusses the establishment of the Indian National Congress and the protests against the Partition of Bengal. It shows that the partnership between proportional representation and joint electorates was meant to harmonize relations between the Hindu and Muslim communities and secure unbiased Muslim representation.

Keywords:   nationalist politics, British Raj, Muslim consciousness, Indian National Congress, Partition of Bengal, proportional representation, joint electorates, Muslim representation

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