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The NehrusMotilal and Jawaharlal: With a New Preface$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195693430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693430.001.0001

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Evolution of Jawaharlal

Evolution of Jawaharlal

(p.245) Chapter Twenty-Three Evolution of Jawaharlal
The Nehrus

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Jawaharlal’s political evolution. It looks at Jawaharlal’s letter to Devadas Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s youngest son, where Jawaharlal narrated the incident that occurred during the Ardh Kumbh Mela. It also notes that while Jawaharlal was not familiar with the new communal and factional politics, he was still able to hold high office in the Congress organization. The next section discusses his term as Chairman of the Allahabad Municipal Board, where he took his civic duties seriously. Unfortunately, his efforts proved to be in vain, for most of the Municipal Board were more concerned with securing positions for their friends and families. It then studies Indian politics from 1923 to 1925, as well as some domestic issues that greatly troubled Jawaharlal. The chapter also shows that Jawaharlal’s trip to Europe changed some of his views on Indian politics.

Keywords:   Jawaharlal’s political evolution, Ardh Kumbh Mela, communal politics, factional politics, Congress organization, Allahabad Municipal Board, civic duties, domestic issues, Indian politics

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