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2)“The more mass based INA agitation led to the sending of a Cabinet Mission”. Examine.(250 words)

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

 

2)“The more mass based INA agitation led to the sending of a Cabinet Mission”. Examine.(250 words)

From Plassey to Partition, Pg 449

 

Key demand of the question

At its core, the question demands us to examine the reasons behind sending Cabinet Mission to India. The assertion made in the question is that the mass movement post INA trials led to Cabinet Mission being sent. We have to delve deeper into this and figure out whether there were other reasons behind sending Cabinet Mission.

Directive word

Examine –  When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .

In the case of above question on cabinet mission plan, you have to probe the reasons behind sending it, whether it was one particular reason or a combination of reasons and provide a balanced view. All within a given word limit.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention the overall aims and objectives of cabinet mission plan and the a brief mention of the situation in India at that time.

Body

  • Examine the situation in India prior to when the cabinet mission plan was sent – INA trials, chinks in Hindu Muslim unity
  • Examine the arguments in favour of the assertion that it was the mass support to INA protest that led to the Cabinet Mission being sent. Here examine the chief objectives of the British and whether those objectives were being fulfilled by sending Cabinet Mission
  • Examine other reasons due to which cabinet mission plan was sent – the problem of framing a united constitution for India and Pakistan, constant political pressure, the effects of the ongoing world war etc

Conclusion – provide a balanced view based on the summary of your arguments above.