CBSE Class 8 History Chapter 9 Notes - The Making of the National Movement: 1870s-1947

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The National Movement of India marks a significant event in the history of India. This moment played a fundamental role in helping India attain Independence. The National movement initially commenced in the heat of 1947. The entire movement took place for over a myriad of years for it to achieve optimal success. A wide range of reasons contributed to the establishment of the National Movement. In this chapter, students will learn everything they need to know about the National movement, and it’s making. Now refer to the Class 8 History Chapter 11 Notes PDF to prepare for your exams.

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Class 8 Social Science History Chapter 9 The Making of the National Movement 1870s - 1947

Class 8 History Chapter 9 Notes 

The Emergence of Nationalism 

India was initially known as the people of India regardless of their caste, class, creed, language, colour, and even gender. All the systems and resources were, moreover, meant for these people. However, the British made no mistake in exercising control over every other resource of India. It took control of the lives of Indians even. The consciousness was then clarified by different political associations established after 1850. Some of the most crucial political associations during this era were the Indian association, Poona Sarvajanik Sabha, the Madras Mahajan Sabha, the Indian national congress, and even the Bombay Presidency Association. 

In this chapter, students will learn meticulously about these associations and the very emergence of the national association. All of these associations played a crucial role in the functioning of distinguishing parts of India. Moreover, every association had a specific objective to accomplish. Two topics that you’ll learn under this subtopic include- 

  • A Nation in the Making 

  • Freedom is our Birthright


The Growth of Mass Nationalism 

After 1919, the unfortunate struggle against Britain rule simultaneously formed into a mass movement. This movement consisted of tribals, students, peasants, and women, in abundance. In some circumstances, these movements also comprise factory workers. After World War I took place, India’s political and economic situation was drastically disrupted. This thus led to an extreme rise in the Indian Government’s defence expenditure. Moreover, even individual income taxes and business profit taxes were increased. Students will learn more about everything that went down after World War I in India. 

  • The Advent of Mahatma Gandhi 

Mahatma Gandhi was known as a mass leader. He reached India in 1915 from South Africa. He then established non-violent protests against different racial restrictions. 

  • The Rowlatt Satyagraha 

In 1919, Mahatma Gandhi called for a satyagraha movement against the Rowlatt act. This act prohibited the fundamental rights of Indians like freedom of expression and even strengthened the police powers. 

Along with these topics, students will learn thoroughly about topics mentioned below- 

  • Khilafat agitation and the Non-cooperation Movement 

  • People’s Initiatives

  • The People’s Mahatma 

  • The happenings of 1922-1929


The March to Dandi 

Around 1930, Mahatma Gandhi marched along with his followers for breaking the salt law. This law states that the state consisted of a monopoly on the manufacturing and selling of salt. The salt March thus linked the common desire of freedom to a particular grievance shared by all Indians. This further united Indians abundantly. It further brought together the poor and the rich. Gandhiji, along with his followers, marched for over 240 miles, starting from Sabarmati to Dandi, a coastal town in India. Here, they broke the law by bringing together natural salt found in the seashore. They further boiled this salt to produce salt. 

Peasants, women, and even tribes participated in this event. In this section of the chapter, students will learn more about the Dandi movement and necessary acts and dates throughout this March. Students are advised to go through the Class 8 History Chapter 11 notes to learn thoroughly about this topic. 


Quit India and Later 

The last section of this chapter deals with ‘Quit India’. Mahatma Gandhi started a new and final phase of the National Movement, also known as the Quit India movement. He was dedicated to making the British leave India. He motivated the people of India by saying phrases like ‘do or die’. He continued this movement with non-violence and even attracted the youth and peasants that gave up their jobs and studies to fight for the independence of India. Students will learn more about the last movement that took place before India attained independence. 

In 1940, India’s Muslim league claimed independent states for Muslims altogether. The league thus began in the late 1930s itself. The league further viewed Muslims as a whole different nation from that of Hindus. The provincial elections that took place in 1937 convinced the Muslims that they were nothing more than a minority. This thus emerged a sort of threat among the Muslims. Students will learn more about what happened in India after it attained independence from British rule. 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Write about different forms that the Non-cooperation movement took in varied parts of India. How did the people of India understand Mahatma Gandhi?

The people of various places in India showed different reactions. 

  • The Patidar peasants in Kheda, Gujarat, started nonviolent campaigns against several high land demands of the British. 

  • The Muslim traders and peasants of Sind (now in Pakistan), were encouraged and excited about the Khilafat call. 

  • The Akali agitation (of the Sikhs) in Punjab aimed to mitigate corrupt Mahants. These mahants were assured by the British itself. 

  • In Bengal, the Khilafat non-cooperation alliance offered extensive communal unity and power to the national movement. 

  • In Andhra Pradesh, the tribals and peasants staged a ‘forest satyagraha’ number while even sending off their cattle into the forests, without having to pay for the grazing fee. 

Most people thought of Mahatma Gandhi as a sort of messiah. They thought of him as a leader that could help in overcoming poverty and even misery. Gandhiji worked towards developing class unity rather than class conflict. 

2. Why did Mahatma Gandhi break the salt law?

The salt March was interlinked with the very desire of freedom to the specific injustice done to every Indian in regards to the right to salt. This movement brought together the poor and the rich. Gandhiji started a March that led to breaking the salt law.

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