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Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors
/contributions from different parts of the country.
1) Nehru report cemented the gulf between Congress and Muslim League. Evaluate.(250 words)
Why this question
Nehru report is an important document in the history of India. It tried to accommodate the concerns of Muslim League as well as Congress.the question is related to G1 syllabus under the following heading- The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
Key demand of the question
The question makes a hypothesis that Nehru Report inadvertently cemented the seeds of partition. Thus the provision of the Nehru report which widened the gulf between Congress and Muslim League needs to be discussed. The causes of such provisions and the impact of these provisions need to be analysed in detail.
Discuss – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences. You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – The backdrop to bringing out the Nehru report needs to be mentioned. You also need to mention that it was the first attempt by all political factions to prepare a constitution for self government.
- The key provisions of the report over which tussle happened between Congress and Muslim league needs to be brought out.
- We have to examine the causes behind conflict and whether controversy over Nehru report was a manifestation of earlier dissonance, or dissonance was created by the report
- The implications of the provisions also needs to be brought out such as Jinnah deciding to join Shafi faction of ML
Conclusion – your own opinion needs to be provided whether or not it was Nehru report that cemented the seeds of partition .