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2) The Rajkot Satyagraha brought into clear focus the paradoxical situation that existed in the Princely States. Analyze. (250 words)

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

2) The Rajkot Satyagraha brought into clear focus the paradoxical situation that existed in the Princely States. Analyze. (250 words)

India’s struggle for independence by Bipin Chandra Pal

Directive word

Analyze- here we  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts, and present them as a whole in a summary.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to probe into the Rajkot Satyagraha, discuss its background, its outcomes and how it conspicuously highlighted the paradoxical situation existing in the Princely states.

Structure of the answer

Introduction-

write a few introductory lines about the  Rajkot Satyagraha. E.g mention the reasons behind Rajkot Satyagraha- protest against the Raja.

Body-

  1. Discuss the outcome of the Satyagraha. E.g Despite the apparent failure, the Rajkot Satyagraha had a powerful politicizing influence on the people of the States, especially in Western India; It brought clear to the Princes that they survived only because of the British support etc.
  2. Discuss the differences between the British India and the Princely States in terms of civil liberties, political backwardness etc. E.g The ultimate protection provided by the British enabled the rulers of the States to withstand popular pressure;The great differences in the political conditions between British India and the States, and between the different; States themselves, the general lack of civil liberties including freedom of association, the comparative political backwardness of the people, and the fact that the Indian  States were legally independent entities; the Indian States were legally independent entities, these were understandable restraints imposed in the interest of the movements in the States as well as the movement in British India;

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.