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Venu Madhav Govindu and Deepak Malghan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460816

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460816.001.0001

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Baptism by Fire

Baptism by Fire

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The Web of Freedom

Venu Madhav Govindu

Deepak Malghan

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the period of the Civil Disobedience campaign following Gandhi’s march to Dandi. During this period, Kumarappa is thrown into the centre of the political storm. This chapter details his critical role as editor of Gandhi’s weekly Young India during a crucial juncture in Indian history. Kumarappa’s emergence as a thinker in his own right is seen in this chapter. Additionally, this chapter details Kumarappa’s contributions to the Congress position on the future of financial obligations between Britain and India, which had a great bearing on the economics of the transfer of power in 1947. Finally, Kumarappa’s key role as the chief accountant for Congress relief efforts in Bihar following the 1934 earthquake is described. It is also during this period that Kumarappa’s position as a freedom fighter is sealed with jail terms.

Keywords:   Civil Disobedience campaign, editing Young India, nationalist struggle, emergent thinker, jail terms, public debts of India, India’s financial obligations, Bihar earthquake of 1934

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