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There were certainly some limitations in the Home Rule Movement but nevertheless, it did have a concrete and profound impact on the national movement and changed the mood of the country. Analyze.

 

2. There were certainly some limitations in the Home Rule Movement but nevertheless, it did have a concrete and profound impact on the national movement and changed the mood of the country. Analyze. (250 words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To explain the limitations of the Home Rule Movement, especially with regards to Home Rule leagues. Also, to explain the legacy of the movement.

Directive:

Analyze – When asked to analyse, you 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.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In short, write about the Home Rule Movement, its leaders, inspiration and aims and objectives.

Body:

Elaborate further upon the Home Rule movement and its nature of functioning and spread.

Bring out the limitations of Home Rule, lack of cohesiveness between Tilak’s and Besant’s leagues, Skepticism of Congress, Lack of leadership post-1917 etc.

In the next part write in detail about the legacy of the movement. Giving impetus to national movement during the war period, facilitating the re-entry of extremists in Congress, Lucknow, creating a platform for upcoming leaders, and preparing India for the arrival of Gandhi and mass movements.

Conclusion:

Summarize the overall importance and the legacy of the Home rule movement.