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Though puzzling for many, Gandhi’s strategy to keep the issue of salt issue as a core aspect of civil disobedience movement was well thought, carefully calibrated and its appeal was universal. Substantiate.

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

1. Though puzzling for many, Gandhi’s strategy to keep the issue of salt issue as a core aspect of civil disobedience movement was well thought, carefully calibrated and its appeal was universal. Substantiate. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Chapter-22: India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 as mentioned in Mission-2022 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To reason behind Gandhi’s strategy to choose salt as a core aspect of civil disobedience movement.

Directive word: 

Substantiate – When you are asked to Substantiate, you must pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question using suitable case studies or/ and examples.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by giving introduction to the events that led to the rise of the civil disobedience movement.

Body:

Mention the intent of Gandhi’s strategy behind choosing salt as an issue to launch a movement against the British and link it with Gandhi’s method of Constructive work, the economic aspect, emotional aspect, Civil Disobedience aspect and stress on the factor of mass appeal.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning the impact of salt satyagraha setting the foundation for a non-violent mass struggle.