A Passage To India: Part 2 Chapter 25 - Summary & Analysis

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      All the Englishmen had left the court immediately feeling that Miss Adela Quested had let them down. Adela was surrounded by the crowd. Fielding unwillingly came to her rescue fearing that she might get caught in the riot.

      Fielding found his carriage without horses and feared an attack on Adela Quested by the furious mob. In the meanwhile, Fielding's students from the college came, garlanded him and drew the carriage to the college. Fielding, having failed to contact McBryde on the phone, was forced to offer hospitality to Miss Adela Quested.

      Aziz, the Nawab Bahadur, Mahmoud Ali and Aziz’s son were carried in a procession which was heading towards the Minto Hospital. Mahmoud Ali wanted the crowd to attack the Britishers but the Nawab Bahadur tried to pacify them. It was alleged that Nawab's grandson, Nurreddin was being tortured at the hospital. The crowd went to rescue Nurreddin The Nawab, however, did not believe in it.

      At the hospital they met Dr. Panna Lal who rushed towards Aziz and begged him to forgive him for having given evidence against him. The crowd demanded to see Nurreddin. Dr. Panna Lal at once went inside to look for Nurreddin. On seeing Nurreddin the crowd cheered. The Nawab spoke on justice, courage, liberty and prudence. He also announced his intention to give up his English title and wanted to be simply called Mr. Zulfiqar.

      After the crisis was over, Zulfiqar proclaimed that there would be feast at his country estate in the evening. Hainidullah was deputed to bring Fielding and Amrit Rao.

Critical Analysis

      In this chapter the feelings and reaction of the British and the Indian communities have been contrasted. Nawab Bahadur, in order to demonstrate his protest against the callous British attitude renounced his title. The mistrust of the British had sunk deep into the minds of the Indians. The hospital signifies a poor, unhealthy and sick India. The Englishmen on their part are suspicious of the Indians and are afraid of the rising tide of Indian nationalism.

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