Class-10 Ch-3 Nationalism in India Page wise NCERT Solution

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Complete NCERT Book Page wise Solution Class 10th as per Latest CBSE Syllabus


Chapter- 3 Nationalism in India

The following page provides you NCERT book solutions for class 10 social science, social science class 10 notes in pdf are also available in the related links between the texts.

Write in brief Question

1. Explain:

a.Why growth of nationalism in the colonies is linked to an anti-colonial movement?

b.How the First World War helped in the growth of the National Movement in

c.Why Indians were outraged by the Rowlatt

d.Why Gandhiji decided to withdraw the Non-Cooperation

 Answer: (a) Nationalism is a feeling that combines all the people of the nation into a single unit. It is a powerful sentiment that binds people together in a common bond beyond their communal, lingual, caste or religious differences. In all the colonies of the world, the imperialist power exploited the people socially, religiously, economically and politically.

  • Colonization affected people’s freedom, and nationalist sentiments surged during the process of struggle against imperial domination.
  • The sense of oppression and exploitation became a common bond for people from different walks of life, and this resulted in the growth of nationalist ideals.
  • People started uniting against the colonialism which strengthened sense of nationalism further.

Thus, growth of nationalism in the colonies is linked to anti-colonial movements.


  •  During the First World War, the British army conducted forced recruitment from rural areas in India.
  • To finance the defense expenditure, high custom duties and income taxes were imposed.
  • Also, during 1918-19 and 1920-21, crops failed in many parts of India, thereby resulting in acute food shortages.Accompanied with epidemics it accounted for 12 to 13 million deaths. All this caused extensive anger and opposition against the British colonial rule.

The war had given rise to many social and economic problems. The Montague- Chelmsford Reforms of 1919 could not satisfied the aspirations of the Indians. There arose a general discontent among the Indian masses against the British rule.


  •  The Indians helped the British Government during the W.W – I. They were hopeful that after the war, the government would give them many rights.
  • However, the government did not do anything and therefore, there was immense discontent among the people.
  • To cope with the situation, they passed the Rowlatt Act 1919.Imperial Legislative council passed the Rowlatt Act against opposition of Indians,
  • It gave the government autocratic powers to repress political activities besides allowing it to detain political prisoners without a trial, for two years.
  • The Indian were outraged by this act as it was clearly undemocratic and oppressive, and hurt national sentiments and dignity.


  •  Gandhiji had declared that the non cooperation movement will be a non violent one.
  • He decided to withdraw the Non-Cooperation Movement due to various incidents of violence perpetrated by the masses, especially the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922 where the people clashed with the police, setting a police-station on fire.
  • Gandhiji felt that the people were not yet ready for a mass struggle, and that satyagrahis needed to be properly trained for non-violent demonstrations.

Question 2. What is meant by the idea of satyagraha? Answer:

  • Satyagraha was a novel method of mass agitation in a non violent way.
  • The idea of Satyagraha emphasized upon the power of truth and the need to search for truth. It suggested that if the cause was true and if the struggle was against injustice, then physical force was not necessary to fight the oppressor.
  • Through non-violent methods a Satyagraha could appeal the conscience of the oppressor by the power of truth.
  • Gandhiji firmly believed hat the truth was bound to be ultimately triumph.

Question 3. Write a newspaper report on:

 a)The Jallianwala Bagh massacre

b)The Simon Commission

Answer: (a)

  •  On 13th April 1919, a large crowd  had gathered in the enclosed ground of JallianwalaBagh – some to protest against the British government’s repressive measures, others to attend the annual Baishakhi Fair.
  • These people were unaware of the imposition of Marshal Law in the city. General Dyer, the Commander, blocked the exit points from the Bagh and opened fire upon the innocent citizens.
  • Dyer’s intention was to produce a ‘moral effect’ and terrorize satyagrahis. Hundreds of innocent people including women and children were killed and wounded due to this indiscriminate firing by the British soldiers,
  • This incident angered masses of India  ultimately led to nation-wide outrage. Jallianwala Bagh incident was the most brutal incident in the History of India.


  •  The Simon Commission was constituted by the Tory Government in Britain, under Sir John Simon. The objective of the Commission was to look into the functioning of the constitutional system in India and suggest some constitutional changes.
  • But nationalists in India opposed the Commission because it had not a single Indian member. Therefore, when the Simon Commission arrived in India in 1928, it was greeted with the slogan “Go Back Simon”.
  • All parties, including Congress and the Muslim league, participated in the demonstrations. Thus it brought a sense of unity in Indians for the moment.
  • The Simon commission recommendations formed the basis of the Act of 1935.

Question 4. Compare the images of Bharat Mata in this chapter with the image of Germanian Chapter 1.

 Answer: The image of Germania was the symbol of German nation whereas; the image of Bharat Mata was the symbol of Indian nation. Both images inspired nationalists who worked very hard to unify their respective countries and to attain a liberal nation.

  • The image of Bharat Mata is different from that of Germania in the sense that former reflects the religious basis of its making.The image of Bharat Mata painted by Abanindranath Tagore is bestowed with learning, food, clothing and some ascetic quality also.
  • Another painting of Bharat Mata in which we find Mata holding Trishul and standing beside a lion and an elephant – symbols of power and authority. This image appears to be more akin to the image of Germania where she holds a sword and a shield.
  • These images popularized the idea of sacrifice and devotion to the mother nation.

Discuss Project


Question 1. List all the different social groups which joined the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1921.Then choose any three and write about their hopes and struggles to show why they joined the movement.

 Answer: The different social groups that joined the Non-Cooperation Movement of 1921 were the urban middle class comprising lawyers, teachers and headmasters, students, peasants, tribals and workers.

  • The middle class joined the movement because the boycott of foreign goods would make the sale of their textiles and hand looms go up.
  • The peasants took part in the movement because they hoped they would be saved from the oppressive landlords, high taxes taken by the colonial government.
  • The tribals employed guerilla tactics to fight British in some parts of India. Means they were inspired by the Gandhiji but were not keen to follow non violent ways of struggle.
  • Plantation workers took part in the agitation hoping they would get the right to move freely in and outside the plantations and get land in their own villages.

Question 2. Discuss the Salt March to make clear why it was an effective symbol of resistance against colonialism.

 Answer: Gandhiji thought the the salt  was an effective symbol of resistance against colonialism because it was done in revolt against a commodity- salt, used by the rich and the poor alike.

  • The tax on salt, and the government monopoly over its production was a severely oppressive administrative move.
  • By breaking the salt law India showed their intention of non cooperation and to break the oppressive colonial laws.
  • The Salt March was effective also because Gandhiji met a large number of commoners during the march and he taught them the true meaning of swaraj and non-violence. By peacefully defying a law and making salt against government orders,
  • Gandhiji set forth an example to the whole nation of how the oppressor could be confronted in a non-violent manner. This also led to the Civil Disobedience Movement in 1930.

Question 3. Imagine you are a woman participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement. Explain what the experience meant to your life.

 Answer: I was very happy to participate in the Civil Disobedience Movement because I understood that I have to serve the nation in whatever capacity I could. I had heard Gandhiji speaking and asking us to participate in this movement. Inspired by him, I also offered Satyagraha. Picketed liquor shops and shops selling foreign cloth and also courted arrest. I felt empowered by these activities and felt that women also can help the men actively in the ultimate goal of achieving independence from the British. I felt very proud to be the part of the movement but also I felt that the participation of women was taken by many Indians as symbolic.

Question 4. Why did political leaders differ sharply over the question of separate electorates?


  •  Political leaders differed sharply over the question of separate electorates because of differences in opinion.
  • While those supporting the cause of minorities and the dalits believed that only political empowerment would resolve their social backwardness, Dalit leaders like Dr. Ambedkar demanded for a separate electorate.
  • others like Gandhiji thought that separate electorates would further slow down the process of their integration into society. Also, it was feared that the system of separate electorates would gradually divide the country into numerous fragments because every community or class would then ask for separate representations.
  • Even Muslim leaders favoured the separate electorates as they feared their identity and culture would be in danger due to domination of majority.