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Dadabhai Naoroji – from economic nationalism to political nationalism


  • Islahi, Abdul Azim


Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) was among the leading Indian nationalist leaders who aroused the feeling of economic nationalism and propagated for it. The most instrumental in this regard had been his theory of drain. The paper studies this theory and its role in awakening the desire and movement to achieve economic nationalism. It also examines the stages through, which Dadabhai passed from economic nationalism to political nationalism or the self-rule which was his final call. The paper will conclude with a remark that economic nationalism and political nationalism are complementary and supplementary to each other and none will be realized in true sense of the word without the achievement of other.

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  • Islahi, Abdul Azim, 1995. "Dadabhai Naoroji – from economic nationalism to political nationalism," MPRA Paper 23392, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 1995.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23392

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    Economic Nationalism; Political Nationalism; Drain theory; Dadabhai Naorogy; Sir Syed ahmad Khan; Indian Economic Thought;

    JEL classification:

    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values


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