THE BOMBAY ASSOCIATION: A Pioneering Political Association in Western India - eBook by Louiza Rodrigues

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A Pioneering Political Association in Western India

eBook by

Louiza Rodrigues

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The political consciousness that had developed in Bombay in the first half of the nineteenth century crystallized in an organized form into the formation of the pioneering political association in Western Inidia, ‘The Bombay Association’ on 26 August 1852. The western educated intellectuals, the ‘intelligentsia’ and the mercantile community of Bombay, the ‘shetias’ such as Jamshedji Jijibhoy, Jagannath Shankarshet, Naoroji Furdunji, Manakji Kharshedji, Narayan Dinanathji, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Dadabhai Naoroji were proactive in its formation. Sir Jamshedji Jijibhoy became the Chief Patron and Jagannath Shankarseth became the First President of the Bombay Association. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Vinayakrao Jagannathji were the secretaries. There were 23 ordinary members and the Association was well represented by different communities like the Parsis (10), Hindus (7), Muslims (3), Goans (2) and Jew (1).

The members of the Bombay Association outlined its main objectives: a) as to ascertain the wants of the Indians in the Presidency of Bombay: b) to suggest measures to the British authorities for the advancement and improvement of the welfare of the country: c) to make representation to the British Parliament concerning the inquiries which were then being made into the administration of India: d) to memorialize the Government to remove the existing evils or prevent proposed measures which might be considered injurious. Membership to the Association was open to all those who could pay an amount of Rupees 25 per year and one could become a life member on payment of Rupees 300.2

The intelligentsia saw the Association as a means, where through political activity, the same end of the regeneration of the Indian people could be achieved, which they were striving to obtain through social and religious reforms.

The eBook encompasses the development of a political organization in Bombay, the Bombay Association during the period 1852 – 1879. Central to the analysis is the interplay between Colonial policy and the role of the Bombay Association in grappling with several issues of political, social and economic importance.

LOUIZA RODRIGUES - lecturer, Dept. of History, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai

MA 1987 History, Mumbai University First Class

MPhil 1992 History, ‘The Bombay Association’: 1852 – 1879, Mumbai University

Pursuing Ph.D in History from Mumbai University

Visiting Lecturer to the Mumbai University, History Dept. since 2003

Papers and articles presented and published:

December 2005 “The Goan Christian Settlers of Bombay” – A historical perspective, at the 42nd Annual National Historical Conference, Kolkatta,

March 2007 Dr. Alexander Gibson and the emergence of ‘Desiccationism’ and ‘Conservationism’ in Bombay: 1838 – 1860 at the National Indian History Congress held at Farookh College, Kozikhode, Calicut

19 Jan 2009 Naoroji Furdunjee (1817-1885): Pioneering Educationist and catalyst of social change’ at the National Conference of Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai.

21 Jan. 2009 ‘The Annales School: Towards New Frontier, Environmental History – Role of Fernand Braudel’ at the National Seminar of ICLES M J College, Navi Mumbai.

‘Dr. Alexander Gibson and Emergence of ‘Desiccationism’ and ‘Conservationism’ in Bombay:1838-1860’ published in 67th Proceedings of National journal Indian History Congress December 2007

‘Parsi Elite Leadership in the politics of Western India in the mid nineteenth century’ published in International journal of Cama Oriental Institute in 2008


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