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Gandhi's InterpreterA Life of Horace Alexander$
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Geoffrey Carnall and Philippa Gregory

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640454.001.0001

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Indian independence and its aftermath

Indian independence and its aftermath

(p.190) 9 Indian independence and its aftermath
Gandhi's Interpreter

Geoffrey Carnall

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses Alexander's return to India and the number of issues which plagued the country during that time, first examining the real prospect of famine, which was estimated to be worse than the 1943 Bengal famine. It reveals that Alexander and his colleagues discovered a good food procurement and rationing system in the United Provinces, despite the looming threat of famine in the area. The chapter then shifts to Gandhi's determination to meet the challenge of his vision of a non-violent and united India, as well as his efforts to gain good relations between the Muslims and Hindus in rural Bengal. It also looks at the arrival of a new Vicereine, the World Pacifist Meeting, and the violence crisis in Bengal and Punjab.

Keywords:   return to India, famine, food procurement, rationing, United Provinces, Muslim–Hindu relations, rural Bengal, World Pacifist Meeting, violence crisis

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