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The History of the Anglo-Indians’ Participation in the Sessions of the Indian National Congress in 1880s

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Abstract. Consolidation of representatives of all ethnic and confessional groups, including Anglo-Indians (British residents of India) was an important factor in the development of the Indian National Congress in 1880s. The purpose of the article is to study the contribution of Anglo-Indians to the work of the annual sessions of the Congress and to identify the peculiarities of their attitude to the Indian national movement. Based on the Congress’ reports, English and Indian press, the memoirs of the Congress’ participants, the number and professional composition of the Anglo-Indian delegates, the resolutions supported by them, the degree of their involvement in the work of the Congress are revealed. Conclusions are drawn that there was a group of Anglo- Indian representatives in the ranks of the Congress who exerted a great organizational and ideological influence on the work of the Congress, however, the attempts to involve a significant number of Anglo-Indians to the national movement proved ineffective, and the conservative Anglo-Indian community reacted negatively to the growth of national consciousness of the Indian population.

Keywords: Indian National Congress, history of India, Anglo-Indians, national movements, William Wedderburn, George Yule, Eardley Norton.

For citation: Nikitin D.S. The History of the Anglo-Indians’ Participation in the Sessions of the Indian National Congress in 1880s, in Novoe Proshloe / The New Past. 2022. No. 3. Pp. 38–47. DOI 10.18522/2500-3224-2022-3-38-47.

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