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The revolutionaries made significant contributions towards their country’s freedom in their own unique way. While they did not fully win over the masses, they did manage to instil a feeling of love for their country and a strong resolve to expel foreign powers from their land. Discuss.

Topic: The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

1. The revolutionaries made significant contributions towards their country’s freedom in their own unique way. While they did not fully win over the masses, they did manage to instil a feeling of love for their country and a strong resolve to expel foreign powers from their land. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write the contributions of revolutionary nationalists and analyze the reasons for the decline of revolutionary strand of national movement in the 1930’s.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by writing about revolutionary national movement and its nature of struggle. Mention important organizations and revolutionaries.

Body:

First, outline the major contributions of the revolutionary nationalists – spreading patriotism, creating fear in the minds of British, making them grant concessions, uniting the people of India, inspiring the youth.

In the next part, write the reasons for the decline of national movement – repression of the government, death/imprisonment of leaders, shift to popular struggle, joining mainstream political movement.

Conclusion:

Summarize that though the acts of individual heroism reduced but the revolutionary zeal remained and it manifested in Gandhian movements and Indian National Army of Bose.