Member book, Patel, Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism

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I would like to announce that Harvard University Press has published my book on Dadabhai Naoroji, Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism (368 pages, ISBN 9780674238206). It will be published by Harper Collins in India on 31 May.

Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917), I argue, was the most significant Indian nationalist before Gandhi. He is best known for being an innovative economic thinker, a founder of the Indian National Congress, the first Indian elected to the British Parliament, and a champion of swaraj or Indian self-rule. The book goes beyond this standard narrative to explore how Naoroji contributed towards the political fabric of modern India, British Victorian politics, and the growth of global anti-colonialism. He was a strident proponent of women's rights in India and Great Britain, a supporter of Irish home rule, an ally of socialists and the labor movement, and the first Indian nationalist to forge links with anti-imperialists in America. He put Indian nationalism in conversation with progressive and emancipatory movements around the world.

The table of contents is reproduced below:


1. Young Dadabhai, Young Bombay

2. Of Poverty and Princes

3. Turning toward Westminster

4. An Indian Emissary in the Heart of Empire

5. The Central Finsbury Campaign

6. Member for India

7. Swaraj


For further information on the book, please see Harvard University Press' listing at:

For teaching and research purposes, I have also placed a number of resources on Naoroji's life on a website ( This includes biographical and family information, samples of Naoroji's correspondence and news articles, and maps of London and Bombay that indicate landmarks associated with Naoroji's life.

Best regards,

Dinyar Patel

Assistant Professor of History

University of South Carolina