Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
1) Although the impact of the Home Rule League movement fell on a much wider community outside their direct membership, the League ultimately could not not bring in mass agitational politics in India. Critically comment. (250 Words)
India’s Struggle for Independence, Chapter – 13 (Bipan Chandra)
Key demand of the question:
The question has 2 main statements which need to be commented upon. Firstly, the impact of Home Rule League movement fell on a much wider community outside their direct membership. This has to be discussed. The main part however, is the second part which hypothesizes that the impact of the movement was limited and could not bring in mass agitational politics. We need to examine the impact of the movement and whether it helped in bringing the national movement to the masses.
Critically comment : We have to give our opinion on the main points as discussed above and come to a rational stand.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Write about Home Rule Movement – what were they fighting for and what was their method.
Body – The first part of the statement needs to be discussed. We have to elucidate how the Home Rule movement had influence outside their direct membership. Points that can be mentioned here are that several leaders not directly associated with Home Rule League extended their support. Give examples.
The second part of the statement then needs to be commented upon. The answer would depend on your stand. If you are arguing that HRL Movement did not result in mass agitational politics. Give points like – did not unite Moderates and Extremists, did not include or find support from sections like peasants etc, did not find support from non Brahmin section etc. Similarly, if you take the stand that the League did result in mass agitational politics, you can give points like it laid the basis of Gandhian struggle etc.
Conclusion – Based on your arguments, mention your stand and the impact of HRL movement.