Nehru - Toward Freedom (1936).pdf

Evidently someone had used it at lords and then

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Evidently someone had used it at Lord's and then returned it. There were a few Jews in our house and in other houses. They got on fairly well but there was always a background of anti-Semitic feeling. They were the "damned Jews," and soon, almost unconsciously, 3*
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I began to think that it was the proper thing to have this feeling. I never really felt anti-Semitic in the least, and, in later years, I had many good friends among the Jews. I got used to Harrow and liked the place, and yet somehow I began to feel that I was outgrowing it. The university attracted me. Right through the years of 1906 and 1907 news from India had been agitating me. I got meager enough accounts from the English papers; but even that little showed that big events were happening at home. There were deportations, and Bengal seemed to be in an uproar, and Tilak's * name was often flashed from Poona, and there was Swadeshi 2 and boycott. All this stirred me tremendously; but there was not a soul in Harrow to whom I could talk about it. During the holidays I met some of my cousins or other Indian friends and then had a chance of relieving my mind. A prize I got for good work at school was one of G. M. Trevelyan's Garibaldi books. This fascinated me, and soon I obtained the other two volumes of the series and studied the whole Garibaldi story in them carefully. Visions of similar deeds in India carne before me, of a gallant fight for freedom, and in my mind India and Italy got strangely mixed together. Harrow seemed a rather small and restricted place for these ideas, and I wanted to go to the wider sphere of the university. So I induced father to agree to this and left Harrow after only two years' stay, which was much less than the usual period. I was leaving Harrow because I wanted to do so myself, and yet, I well remember, that when the time came to part I felt unhappy and tears came to my eyes. I had grown rather fond of the place, and my departure for good put an end to one period in my life. And yet, I wonder, how far I was really sorry at leaving Harrow. Was it not partly a feeling that I ought to be unhappy because Harrow tradition and song demanded it? I was susceptible to these traditions, for I had deliberately not resisted them so as to be in harmony with the place. Cambridge, Trinity College, the beginning of October 1907, my age seventeen, or rather approaching eighteen. I felt elated at being an undergraduate with a great deal of freedom, compared to school, to do what I chose. I had got out of the shackles of boyhood and felt at last that I could claim to be a grown-up. With a self-conscious air 1 One of the great early Nationalist leaders. Ed. fl Meaning literally, "of one's own country"; thus, the encouragement of Indian trade and industry, associated with the boycotting of British products.
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