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Dewan Chaman Lall: from trade unions to the Indian Union, 1946–1966

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posted on 2023-12-06, 11:25 authored by Rakesh AnkitRakesh Ankit

This article is about the afterlife of Dewan Chaman Lall’s interwar internationalism. Exploring the trajectory of his public career from 1946, it shows how Lall, an Oxford-educated trade unionist, and an ally of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, took a nationalist turn in his later political interventions on/after (a) Partition of British India, (b) the dispute on the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, and (c) on the government of India’s worsening border relations with the People’s Republic of China. Simultaneously, his understandings on issues like press freedom/official secrets, evacuee property exchange/sale, Sikh linguistic autonomy and labour/capital equation turned status quo-ist. By putting together his contributions on these national questions and juxtaposing them vis-à-vis his earlier avatar, this article also signifies the shift that took place in the perspectives of those who, like Lall, hitherto enveloped by empire, emerged in nation-statehood post-1945. 

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School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Studies in Indian Politics

Volume

11

Issue

2

Pages

192 - 204

Publisher

Sage

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author(s)

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

2023-09-08

Publication date

2023-12-05

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

2321-0230

eISSN

2321-7472

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Rakesh Ankit. Deposit date: 2 October 2023

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