Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
1) Division in Congress between the moderates and the extremists was just faction fighting that plagued organized public life everywhere in India around that time. Examine. (250 Words)
From Plassey to Partition – Page 248 Section 5.3
Key demand of the question
The focus of the question is on understanding whether the conflict between the moderates and the extremists was a part of the broader trend of the conflict in public life at that time or whether it was due to some other deep rooted issues.
Examine – When we are asked to examine, we have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any. Here we have to get into the depth of the reason behind the conflict between moderates and extremists. We have to examine whether there were factions within Moderates and Extremists as well, or whether the reason of the conflict was more ideological/situational/political.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– In the introduction, discuss about the nature of relationship between the moderates and extremists and the overall public life back then.
Body– Analyze whether the conflict between the two was a part of overall public life. Explain about the factionalism present within the moderates and extremists as well. Talk about the fact that ideological consolidation was still underway as we were in the initial period of our freedom struggle.
Thereafter, analyze the other causes of conflict between the moderates and extremists – ideological/situational/political
Conclude with the statement that the conflict represented a difference in opinion, which was justified when a group of passionate individuals are fighting for a cause. Also mention that the split was utilized by Britishers to serve their interests.