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Attitude of Government towards INC

Posted on : 08 Feb 2020

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  • The British Indian Government was hostile to the Congress from the beginning despite the latter’s moderate methods and emphasis on loyalty to the British Crown.
  • The official attitude stiffened further after 1887 when the government failed to persuade Congress to confine itself to social issues when Congress was becoming increasingly critical of the colonial rule.
  • The Government openly condemned the Congress calling the nationalists “seditious brahmins”, “disloyal babus”, etc. Dufferin called Congress “a factory of sedition”.
  • Later, the government adopted a ‘divide and rule’ policy towards Congress. The officials encouraged reactionary elements like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Raja Shiv Prasad Singh of Benaras to organize the United Indian Patriotic Association to counter Congress propaganda.
  • The government also tried to divide the nationalists on the basis of religion, and, through a policy of ‘carrot and stick’, pitted the Moderates against the Extremists.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to the British Indian Government’s attitude towards the Indian National Congress, consider the following statements
    1.The government encouraged Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to form the United Indian Patriotic Association to counter Congress propaganda.
    2.Lord Dufferin called Congress “a factory of sedition”.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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