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The reform movements had a broad focus beyond just religion and aimed to improve society as a whole. They presented a vision of a prosperous, modern India that was ultimately adopted by the Indian National Movement. Analyse.

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

2. The reform movements had a broad focus beyond just religion and aimed to improve society as a whole. They presented a vision of a prosperous, modern India that was ultimately adopted by the Indian National Movement. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

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

Key Demand of the question:

To write about how reforms movement were aimed at India society as whole and how they got integrated with the mainstream national movement.

Directive word: 

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: 

Begin by mentioning that the reform movement was a holistic socio-religious reform movement aimed revitalising our society and religion.

Body:

Elaborate on features such as the movement focussed on aspects such as to bring in an enlightened society, removal of superstition, to establish a democratic society, to promote rationality and scientific temper etc. Mention steps taken by reforms to achieve these.

In religious aspects mention the steps that were taken by various reforms to reform the major religions.

Conclusion:

Conclude by saying that the same approach was carried forward by the national movement and was included in the vision of independent India.