First published in 1938, this book aims to provide a history of the rise and growth of the Indian National Congress for the general reader, covering the period from its foundation in 1885 until the beginning of the non-co-operation movement in 1920. It was intended to extend the official history of the Congress by Pattabhi Sitarammayya by making it more accessible to western readers while also giving more space to the religious and social forces in Indian history during the nineteenth century which led to the birth of the congress. It also looks at forerunner organisations like The British Indian Association before examining the history and evolution of the congress in several phases.
Preface; Part One: India’s Religious Renaissance; I. The Religious Background II. The Brahma Samaj III. The Arya Samaj IV. The Ramakrishna Mission V. The Aligarh VI. Other Religious Movements; Part Two: Before and After the Outbreak of 1857; I. The Liberal Tradition II. The Period of Strain; Part Three: Forerunner of the Congress; I. The British Indian Association II. The Indian Association; Part Four: The First Congress of 1885: I. On the Eve of the Congress II. The First Congress; Part Five: The Early Days: I. Council Reform II. The End of the Century III. The British Committee IV. The Muslim Community V. Indian in South Africa VI. The Famine Period VII. The Plague; Part Six: The Second Phase; I. The Curzon Era II. Dadabhai and Swaraj; Part Seven: The Third Phase; I. The Reign of the Moderates II. New Delhi; Part Eight: War and the Congress; I. War and the Congress II. The Lucknow Pact; Part Nine: The Aftermath of War; I. Self-Determination II. Mahatma Gandhi III. The Punjab Disturbances IV. Non-co-operation; Appendix; Index