Anti-Colonial Nationalism in British Colonial India
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A thorough analysis of India during the fight for freedom from colonial British rule must include three different aspects: the origins, the nature, and the scope of the conflict. The origin of this conflict is how the nationalist movement gained support and at what point did it shift to hostility towards each other rather than towards the British. The nature of the conflict examines what kind of conflict actually took place. Was it a revolutionary uprising by the people in order to transform their current government to something drastically different, or was it a nationalist movement where the people within a nation are trying to create their own independent state? Finally, in the scope you examine whether the conflict took place between multiple states or involved an uprising within the country.
What started as a unified nationalist movement in India quickly changed to a religious battle between Hindus and Muslims in India. Although independence was a huge victory, it led to the emergence of rivals between different religious groups within the country both wanting control. The leader of this revolution, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, inspired people across the nation to fight for their independence in ways other than killing with his famous non-violence tactics. He brought together the middle and lower class of people to unite and I fight for their cause.
The fight for independence in India dates back to the mid-19th century when the English first started investing and developing cities in India. With the development of communication and transportations roots throughout the country, Indians began to realize that they no longer needed British rule and started to form their own government orginizations. “In 1885 with the full support of the British, The Hindus Indian National Congress was formed. Then twenty years later, The Muslim League...