Topic : Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
2. Discuss the contributions of Sri Narayana Guru in social reforms in India. (250 words)
Reference: Times now News
Why the question:
164th birth anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru was observed on 2nd September, Thus the question.
Key Demand of the question:
The question is straightforward; one has to discuss the contributions of Sri Narayana Guru in social reforms in India.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Start by briefly explaining who Narayan Guru was.
Narayana Guru (1856 – 1928) was a social reformer. He has been credited with transforming the social fabric of kerala and changing the beliefs of keralites in ways unimaginable at that point in time. He was born into an Ezhava family in an era when people from such communities, which were regarded as Avarna, faced much social injustice in the caste-ridden society of Kerala.
List down his contributions to social reforms in India; He led a reform movement in Kerala, rejected casteism, and promoted new values of spiritual freedom and social equality, He preached the ‘oneness’ of humanity, crossing the boundaries of caste and creed, He also lent his support to the Vaikkom Satyagraha which was aimed at temple entry in Travancore for the lower castes. Mahatma Gandhi met Guru during this time etc.
Conclude with importance of such great personalities in reforming Modern India socially.