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The biggest contribution of moderates was not in making the Economic Critique of colonialism a potent weapon amongst nationalists but in laying solid foundations on which Indian National Movement could be built upon and flourish. Comment.

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues;

1. The biggest contribution of moderates was not in making the Economic Critique of colonialism a potent weapon amongst nationalists but in laying solid foundations on which Indian National Movement could be built upon and flourish. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: A Brief History of Modern India by Spectrum Publishers.

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To compare the relative importance to biggest contributions of Moderates, the economic critique of colonialism and laying foundations for India’s struggle for Independence.

Introduction:

Explain Economic Critique of Nationalism which was one of the major contributions of moderates..

Body:

Elaborate upon the economic critique of nationalism – what it was, who propounded it and how it became a potent weapon to attack British by moderates as well as extremists and Gandhian phase later on.

Next, explain in detail the role of moderate in laying foundations for India’s struggle for Independence. Spreading nationalism to far and wide and protecting the nascent Indian National Congress from any serious repercussions of the British.

Conclusion:

Summarize the overall contributions of moderates of Indian national movement and their legacy.

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