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In the history of India’s national movement, Quit India movement was by far the most radical and most divergent from Gandhian method of mass struggle. Analyse.

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

3. In the history of India’s national movement, Quit India movement was by far the most radical and most divergent from Gandhian method of mass struggle. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty: Tough

Reference: India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra.

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To wrote about the nature of Quit India movement and how it radically differed from other movements making it the August revolution.

Directive:

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Write about the start of the quit India movement which led to what some historians term as ‘August Revolution’

Body:

Begin the body by mentioning the fiery speech by Mahatma Gandhi and his calls to various sections of the population and the leadership. His refusal to condone violence.

In the next part, mention the unprecedented features that were seen as the part of the movement in terms of participation of the masses, the repression by the governments, the emergency of new leadership, parallel governments, violence witnessed, new innovative and secretive form of organization and arson caused which made Quit India movement a revolution in itself.

Conclusion:

Highlight the overall importance of the Quit India Movement which got India to the cusp of freedom.