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How was quit India movement different from earlier mass movements for India’s struggle for independence? Evaluate its role in India achieving Independence.

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

1. How was quit India movement different from earlier mass movements for India’s struggle for independence? Evaluate its role in India achieving Independence. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express , Insights on India

Why the question:

80 years ago — on August 9, 1942 — the people of India launched the decisive final phase of the struggle for independence. It was a mass upsurge against colonial rule on a scale not seen earlier, and it sent out the unmistakable message that the sun was about to set on the British Empire in India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write how Quit India movement was different from the previous mass movements and its role in India’s independence.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to 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. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Give the context of political scene of the country that led to the launch of Quit India movement

Body:

Write about the factors that made the movement stand apart from other struggles or movements against the Imperial rule, on lines of, Gandhi’s strategy, emergence of new leaders, Violence, Princely States, new developments and mass involvement etc and the way it aligned the local interest with that of national interest.

Next, write about to what extent the quit India movement influenced Indian independence.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a balanced opinion the role of quit India in Indian independence.