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Sir Pherozeshah Mehta and Gokhale between them formed the body and soul of Congress. To young Jawaharlal, Congress politics seemed dull. Within three months of his arrival in India he attended, for the first time, the annual session of Congress. 1 His father was one of them. The extremist fire in Congress, which had brightened his nationalist vision while he was in London, seemed to have gone out for ever. Tilak was in Burma serving ,his six-year term of imprisonment (the longest single term of imprisonment ever served by any of the most prominent nationalists, including Gandhi and Jawaharlal).
39 It was at this point that a firm decision about Jawaharlal's professional career was taken. The Indian Civil Service was ruled out in favour of the Bar. 40 Jawaharlal did not make his own decisions - he would have taken the examination if his father had insisted - but Motilal's initial enthusiasm for the Civil Service had subsided in course of time. For Motilal it was no longer a grand novelty - a member of the Nehru family, and for that reason the first Kashmiri, had already entered the service.
Irishmen were urged not to take up arms against England, but to stay at home in Ireland and boycott English law courts, the English parliament, English educational institutions and English manufactured goods. Ireland and India presented identical pictures to Jawaharlal. In both countries people were listless, numbed by rhetoric into inaction. Irish parliamentarians and Indian liberals seemed alike to him. Gokhale and his own father appeared to be the Indian counterparts of Redmond and Dillon. Thus THE GROWTH OF AN INTELLECTUAL 43 there arose in J awaharlal's mind the image of extremists as the Sinn Fein of India.
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