TOPIC: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors
/contributions from different parts of the country.
1)Breaking the Salt law during Dandi March was a deceptively innocuous move that proved devastatingly effective. Analyze.(250 words)
Bipan Chandra – India’s struggle for independence Pg 263
Key demand of the question
Two terms are important in the question which needs to be analysed. Firstly we have to explain how breaking the salt law was a deceptively innocuous move. Here we have to explain why Gandhi ji chose to break the seemingly innocuous salt law. Secondly, we have to analyze how the move proved to be effective – the impact of Dandi March. Analyze both the hits and the misses.
Analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – explain the context in which Dandi March took place
- Mention about the 11 demands submitted by Gandhiji, how a specific demand for granting independence was not there. Breaking the salt law was a relatively innocuous law to break, the reasons why it was chosen.
- Discuss the impact of Dandi March
- Hits like enormous publicity, boycott of foreign goods which was one of the most visible display of support, local revolts etc
- Misses like lack of support of intelligentsia, lack of Hindu Muslim unity, no major labour participation etc
Conclusion – present the whole summary by summing up the two parts. Mention how breaking the salt law took forward the national movement.