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Indian Government and Politics by Mohammed Aftab Alam, Ranjay Kumar, Hoveyda Abbas

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4

The Nature of India’s Nationalist Movement and the Roles of Different Social Groups

CHAPTER OBJECTIVES

To what extent did the people belonging to different social groups and economic classes participate in the national struggle? Did they participate to ensure that their own interests would be protected in post-Independent India? Was it a fight of the ‘Brown Sahibs’ against the ‘Gora Sahibs’ to gain power,1 or was it a genuine struggle for achieving political and economic freedom, and for setting up a democratically constituted society and government? If it was a struggle of the peoples of India, does Independent India belong to them? This chapter will examine the nature of participation of the people during the history of the national struggle ...

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