Prelims 238

Consider the following statements regarding Home Rule League:
1. Home Rule League (Annie Besant) was in Maharashtra, Karnataka, the central provinces and Berar.
2. Home Rule League (Tilak) was in rest of India.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
None of these
Explanation :
Between the years 1916 and 1918, the Indian independence movement witnessed the growth and spread of the home rule movement spearheaded by leaders like Bal GangadharTilak and Annie Besant. The aim of the home rule movement was the attainment of home rule or a dominion status for India under the British Empire along the lines of countries like Canada and Australia. This movement was carried out through the two home rule leagues.
There was an informal understanding between both the leagues wherein Tilak’s league worked in Maharashtra (except Bombay), Karnataka, Berar and the Central Provinces. Besant’s league worked in the rest of the country. Tilak’s league had its headquarters in Delhi. It had 6 branches. Besant’s league had 200 branches and was a looser organisation compared to Tilak’s. Hence both statements are wrong