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Consider the following statements:

The most effective contribution made by Dadabhai Naoroji to the cause of the 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?

1. 1 only
2. 2 and 3 only
3. 1 and 3 only
4. 1, 2 and 3

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Contributions of Dadabhai Naoroji

  • Dadabhai Naoroji exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British in his book 'Poverty and Un-British Rule in India'. Hence statement 1 is correct.
  • Swami Dayanand, Swami Vivekanand etc. interpreted the ancient Indian texts and restored the self-confidence of Indians, not Dadabhai Naroji. Hence statement 2 is not correct.
  • In pursuit of their agenda for social reform, political rights, and economic regeneration, Indian liberals, including Naoroji, employed a variety of measures. These included educational enterprise, creation of a reading public sphere, formation of political associations, petitions to the Raj administration, counter-preaching, historicism, turning of the defence witnesses, and both upward & downward hermeneutics. Hence statement 3 is not correct.

  • In 1895 he became a member of the royal commission on India expenditure.
  • In 1893 he helped to form an Indian Parliamentary Committee to attend to Indian interests.

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