Gandhi's Rise to Power: Indian Politics 1915-1922

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CUP Archive, Sep 26, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 404 pages
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Dr Brown presents a political study of the first clearly defined period in Mahatma Gandhi's Indian career, from 1915 to 1922. The period began with Gandhi's return from South Africa as a stranger to Indian politics, witnessed his dramatic assertion of leadership in the Indian National Congress of 1920 and ended with his imprisonment by the British after the collapse of his all-India civil disobedience movement against the raj. Focusing on Gandhi, this book nevertheless investigates the changing nature of Indian politics. It aims to study precisely what Gandhi did, on whom he relied for support, how he interacted with other nationalist leaders and how he saw his own role in Indian public life. Unlike the usual interpretation of Gandhi's rise to power as based on a charismatic appeal to the Indian masses, this study argues that his influence depended on a capacity to generate a network of lesser leaders, or subcontractors, who would organise their constituencies for him, whether these were caste, communal or economic groups or whole areas.
  

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Contents

the creation of a leader and idealist I
1
Gandhi and Indian nationalist politics 191516
16
Satyagraha 191718
52
Gandhi the politicians and the raj 191718
123
The Rowlatt Satyagraha
160
Khilafat
190
counterpoise to the Khilafat
230
crisis for the politicians
250
Regional survey of extent of observance of 1 August 1920
305
Conclusion
352
Bibliography
369
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