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dc.contributor.advisorBose, Sugataen_US
dc.contributor.authorPatel, Dinyar Phirozeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-17T16:53:18Z
dash.embargo.terms2019-05-01en_US
dc.date.created2015-05en_US
dc.date.issued2015-05-18en_US
dc.date.submitted2015en_US
dc.identifier.citationPatel, Dinyar Phiroze. 2015. The Grand Old Man: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Indian Self-Government. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:17467241
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation traces the thought and career of Dadabhai Naoroji, arguably the most significant Indian nationalist leader in the pre-Gandhian era. Naoroji (1825-1917) gave the Indian National Congress a tangible political goal in 1906 when he declared its objective to be self-government or swaraj. I identify three distinct phases in the development of his political thought. In the first phase of his career, lasting from the mid-1860s until the mid-1880s, Naoroji posited the “drain of wealth” theory, which argued that British colonialism was dramatically impoverishing India by siphoning off its resources. Naoroji embedded a political corollary into his economic ideas, arguing that empowering Indians through political reform was the only way to stop the drain. As early as 1884, Naoroji declared that the ultimate objective of such reform was Indian self-government. Naoroji contended that the best chance for achieving political reform lay through influencing the British Parliament. In the second stage of his career, beginning in 1886, Naoroji took up this task by contesting a parliamentary seat. He constructed a broad alliance among various progressive British leaders—Irish home rulers, socialists, and women’s rights activists—and relied upon them and Indian allies to win election to the House of Commons in 1892. In Parliament, Naoroji pushed for the implementation of simultaneous civil service examinations, which he envisaged as the first step toward Indian self-government. Naoroji’s time in the Commons, however, was brief and disappointing, and in the third and final phase of his career, beginning in 1895, he radicalized considerably. He propounded his views on Indian poverty with renewed force while strengthening his ties with socialists and anti-imperialists in Britain and abroad. Concluding that imperialism was inherently economically exploitative, Naoroji declared that only swaraj could stop the drain of wealth.  en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistoryen_US
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectHistory, Asia, Australia and Oceaniaen_US
dc.subjectHistory, Modernen_US
dc.titleThe Grand Old Man: Dadabhai Naoroji and the Evolution of the Demand for Indian Self-Governmenten_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorPatel, Dinyar Phirozeen_US
dash.embargo.until2019-05-01
thesis.degree.date2015en_US
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJasanoff, Mayaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBeckert, Svenen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
thesis.degree.departmentHistoryen_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gsas/admin/view/508en_US
dc.description.keywordsNaoroji; Dadabhai Naoroji; Indian National Congress; India; swaraj; British Raj; drain theory; imperialism; anti-imperialism; Parsisen_US
dash.author.emaildinyar.patel@gmail.comen_US
dash.identifier.drsurn-3:HUL.DRS.OBJECT:25164443en_US
dash.identifier.orcid0000-0003-3395-4030en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedPatel, Dinyar Phiroze
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-3395-4030


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