Topic– India’s Freedom Struggle- Significant Personalities.
2) Dadabhai Naoroji played an important role in India’s history and its freedom struggle. Discuss.(250 words)
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Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the role played by one of the most prominent and celebrated freedom fighters of India- Dadabhai Naoroji. We have to write in detail about his social, economic and political achievements.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the Dadabhai Naoroji. E.g Dadabhai Naoroji was a legendary Indian political and social leader, academician, and intellectual. Famously called the ‘Grand Old Man of India,’
Discuss in points his social, economic and political achievements vis a vis his role towards India. E.g
- He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Indian National Congress. He was a member of the Second International.
- Naoroji also served as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom House of Commons as a Liberal Party member. He was the first Indian to become a British MP.
- Naoroji was a prominent Indian nationalist and critic of the economic policy of the British Raj in India.
- Through his book ‘Poverty and Un-British Rule in India,’ he put forward the ‘theory of drain of wealth,’ which highlighted the exploitation of Indian resources for the benefit of Britain.
- He brought out the economic adversities faced by India before the English audience and this he made possible by presenting himself as an Imperial citizen.
- He said that Indians were either subjects or slaves of the British, which depended on the extent of Britain’s wish to give the institutions already operated by them to India.
- He was instrumental in the formation of the ‘London Indian Society’ in 1865. The objective of the society was to discuss Indian social, political and scholarly subjects.
- He also helped in setting up the ‘East India Association’ in 1867 that aimed at conveying the Indian perspective to the Britain public etc.
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