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1) How did Vladimir Lenin influence Indian revolutionaries? Also briefly discuss  differences between Marxism and Leninism.

Topic: Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society; The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country

1) How did Vladimir Lenin influence Indian revolutionaries? Also briefly discuss  differences between Marxism and Leninism. (250 Words)

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Why this question?

Lenin’s statue was toppled in Tripura recently. It gives us an opportunity to learn his influence on Indian revolutionaries. It’s also better to learn differences between Leninism and Marxism as these are directly related to GS-1 topics.  

Key demand of the question:

It’s a direct question. First write Lenin’s influence on Indian revolutionaries and then differentiate between marxism and Leninism. Give equal weightage  to both parts. 

Directive Word:

Briefly Discuss– In a concise manner discuss differences in various aspects of both political philosophies. 

First part is a direct question.  

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, in 2-3 lines write about larger influence of communism and personalities like Lenin on the Indian National movement. Write a line on current affair too (this line should have a message – Example, recent toppling of Lenin’s statue show existing fault-lines between India’s rightist and leftist forces)

In the body, there should be TWO main parts: One to write about Lenin’s influence. In series of points, write this part. In the second part, in a table format, write differences with examples. 

In the conclusion, write that clashes between various political philosophies should not be violent and they should be fought at ideological level. Also write why Lenin remains an ideological force even today. 

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Tip: In history answers, write names of personalities, events, places without fail wherever they are necessary.