Quaker Studies

Quaker Pacifist and Indian Politics: Horace Gundry Alexander and India, 1947–77

Quaker Studies (2014), 18, (2), 191–210.

Abstract

In the early days of the Cold War and Decolonisation in Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, proclaimed a world vision of neutralism (later called non-alignment) and anticolonialism. This ran counter to the Anglo-American anxieties regarding the spread of Communism in India and Asia. Despite the historical linkages, constitutional continuities and inter-governmental contacts relations between New Delhi and the West steadily deteriorated. However, there remained an informal group of individuals in Britain and America who maintained their pre-1947 affinity with Nehru and championed his foreign policy orientation to their political establishment. This article focuses on one such ‘friend of India’—the Quaker pacifist Horace Gundry Alexander.

Quaker Pacifist and Indian Politics: Horace Gundry Alexander and India, 1947–77

Abstract

In the early days of the Cold War and Decolonisation in Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, proclaimed a world vision of neutralism (later called non-alignment) and anticolonialism. This ran counter to the Anglo-American anxieties regarding the spread of Communism in India and Asia. Despite the historical linkages, constitutional continuities and inter-governmental contacts relations between New Delhi and the West steadily deteriorated. However, there remained an informal group of individuals in Britain and America who maintained their pre-1947 affinity with Nehru and championed his foreign policy orientation to their political establishment. This article focuses on one such ‘friend of India’—the Quaker pacifist Horace Gundry Alexander.


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Ankit, Rakesh