Debendranath Tagore – Important Personalities of Modern India

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Mahatma Gandhi said that some of his deepest convictions were reflected in a book titled, “Unto this Last” and the book transformed his life. What was the message from the book that transformed Mahatma Gandhi?(2011)

(a.) Uplifting the oppressed and poor is the moral responsibility of an educated man

(b.) The good of individual is contained in the good of all

(c.) The life of celibacy and spiritual pursuit are essential for a noble life

(d.) All the statements (a), (b) and (c) are correct in this context

Solution (b)

With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha Mehta is well-known for: (2011)

(a.) Running the secret Congress Radio in the wake of Quit India Movement

(b.) Participating in the Second Round Table Conference

(c.) Leading a contingent of Indian National Army

(d.) Assisting in the formation of Interim Government under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Solution (a)

What was the reason for Mahatma Gandhi to organize a satyagraha on behalf of the peasants of Kheda?(2011)

  1. The Administration did not suspend the land revenue collection in spite of a drought.
  2. The Administration proposed to introduce Permanent Settlement in Gujarat.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a.) 1 only

(b.) 2 only

(c.) Both 1 and 2

(d.) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (a)

Consider the following statements :(2012)

The most effective contribution made by DadabhaiNaoroji to the cause of Indian National Movement was that he

  1. exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British
  2. interpreted the ancient Indian texts and restored the self-confidence of Indians
  3. stressed the need for eradication of all the social evils before anything else

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (a)

Which of the following parties were established by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar?(2012)

  1. The Peasants and Workers Party of India
  2. All India Scheduled Castes Federation
  3. The Independent Labour Party

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (b)

Mahatma Gandhi undertook fast unto death in 1932, mainly because: (2012)

(a) Round Table Conference failed to satisfy Indian political aspirations

(b) Congress and Muslim League had differences of opinion

(c) Ramsay Macdonald announced the Communal Award

(d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given above is correct in this context

Solution (c)

Annie Besant was: (2013)

  1. responsible for starting the Home Rule Movement
  2. the founder of the Theo-sophical Society
  3. once the President of the Indian National Congress

Select the correct statement/statements using the codes given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution (c)

Consider the following pairs : (2019)
Movement: Organization Leader
1.All India Anti-Untouchability League: Mahatma Gandhi
2. All India Kisan Sabha: Swami Sahajanad Saraswati
3.Self Respect Movement: E.V. Ramaswami Naicker
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1,2 and 3

With reference to the British colonial rule in India, consider the following statements : (2019)
1. Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in the abolition of the system of ‘indentured labour’.
2. In Lord Chelmsford’s War Conference’, Mahatma Gandhi did not support the resolution on recruiting Indians for World War.
3. Consequent upon the breaking of Salt Law by Indian people, the Indian National Congress was declared illegal by the colonial rulers.
Which of the statements given above are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

With reference to Indian National Movement, consider the following pairs : (2019)
Persons: Position head
1. Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru : President, All India Liberal Federation
2. K.C. Neogy : Member, The Constituent Assembly
3. P.C. Joshi : General Secretary, Communist Party of India
Which of the pairs given above is/ are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

In the context of Indian history, the Rakhmabai case of 1884 revolved around: (2020)

  1. women’s right to gain the education
  2. age of consent
  3. restitution of conjugal rights

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

[a) 1 and 2 only

[b) 2 and 3 only

[c) 1 and 3 only

[d) 1, 2 and 3

Which among the following is associated with ‘’Songs from Prison’’, a translation of ancient Indian religious lyrics in English? (2021)

a) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
b) Jawaharlal Nehru
c) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
d) Sarojini Naidu

Who among the following was associated as Secretary with Hindu Female School which later came to be known as Bethune Female School? (2021)
a) Annie Besant
b) Debendranath Tagore
c) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
d) Sarojini Naidu

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Debendranath Tagore (1817-1905) Background? Son of Dwarkanath Tagore Contributions? Found/Started? 1863 built Upasana Griha, Prayer Hall, built by Debendranath Tagore in 1863, at Santiniketan. commenced deep study of religious literature, particularly the Upanishads. 1839 Founded Tattwabodhini Sabha (1839) Meaning? Truthseekers’ Association Why? to spread his new experiences and knowledge. Who? with tutelage from Pandit Ram Chandra Vidyabageesh, a leader of the Brahmo Sabha, 1843 started Tattwabodhini Patrika mouthpiece of the Tattwabodhini Sabha. revived Brahma Sabha, fallen in vigour and following since the death of Ram Mohan Roy in 1833. How? formally absorbed into the Tattwabodhini Sabha and renamed as Calcutta Brahma Samaj. In his work with the Brahmo Samaj he had two princples – 1) the Brahmo Samaj = purely Hindu institution intended for Hindus deals with the highest form of Hinduism . 2) its mission chiefly religious rather than social. 1863 founded Shantiniketan a retreat in rural Bengal, later transformed into an international university under the supervision of his youngest son, Rabindranath Tagore Publications? 1850 Brahmo Dharma Book enshrining the fundamental principles of Brahma Sabha Reforms? Brahmoism spread far and wide throughout India, gathered reputation as a person of particular spiritual accomplishment = came to be known as Maharshi. campaigned to promote universal primary education in India one of the first men in Bengal to open the doors of high education to women Publications: Bengali Bangla Bhashay Sanskrita Vyakaran (1838, now lost) Brahmodharma (1st & 2nd parts, 1849) Atmatattvavidya (1852) Brahmodharmer Mat O Biswas (1860) Paschim Pradesher Durbhiksha Upashame Sahajya Sangraharthe Brahmo Samajer Baktrita (1861) Brahmodharmer Byakhyan, Part I (1861) Kalikata Brahmosamajer Baktrita (1862) Brahmo Bibaha Pranali (1864) Brahmo Samajer Panchabingshati Batsarer Parikshita Brittanta (1864) Brahmodharmer Anusthan-Paddhati (1865) Bhowanipur Brahmavidyalayer Upadesh (1865–66) Brahmodharmer Byakhyan, Part II (1866) Masik Brahmo Samajer Upadesh (A collection of eighteen lectures delivered during 1860–67) Brahmodharmer Byakhyan, Epilogue (1885) Gyan O Dharmer Unnati (1893) Paralok O Mukti (1895) Atyojivani (1898) Patravali (A collection of letters written during 1850–87) English Vedantic Doctrines Vindicated (1845) Autobiography (Translated from the original Bengali work, Atmajivani, by Satyadendranath Tagore, 1914)
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Purusottam
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