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With reference to Swadeshi Movement, consider the following statements :

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Q. With reference to the Swadeshi Movement, consider the following statements :
  1. It contributed to the revival of the indigenous artisan crafts and industries.
  2. The National Council of Education was established as a part of the Swadeshi Movement.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: Both 1 and 2

Swadeshi Movement

  • The Swadeshi movement was part of the Indian independence movement. It aimed at removing the British Empire from power and improving economic conditions in India. It was begun on 7 August 1905 in Calcutta Town Hall, in Bengal.
  • Boycott movement was also launched along with the Swadeshi movement.
  • The movements included using goods produced in India and burning British-made goods. Bal Gangadhar Tilak encouraged Swadeshi and Boycott movement after the British government decided the partition of Bengal.
  • The National Council of Education (or NCE) was an organization founded by Indian nationalists in Bengal in 1906 to promote science and technology as part of a swadeshi industrialization movement.
  • It established the Bengal National College and Bengal Institute which would later merge to form Jadavpur University.
  • Institutions that were functioning under the Council were considered to be hotbeds of swadeshi activities and the government banned nationalistic activities such as the singing of patriotic songs.
  • Ashwini Kumar Dutt set up Swadesh Bandhab Samiti to propagate the Swadeshi Movement.
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