NCERT Solutions for Class 8 Social Science History Chapter 10 India After Independence contain solutions to the exercises given in the History book Our Pasts -III. These answers have been explained in a manner that you will easily understand all the concepts and get your doubts cleared without even seeking anyone’s assistance. You can read and download all the questions and answers in PDF format.
Class 8 History Chapter 10 India After Independence Ncert Textbook Questions Solved
Question 1: Name three problems that the newly independent nation of India faced.
Answer: Three problems that the newly independent nation of India faced:
(i) As a result of Partition, 8 million refugees had come into the country from Pakistan. These people had to be found homes and jobs.
(ii) The maharajas and nawabs of the princely states (almost 500) had to be persuaded to join the new nation.
(iii) A political system had to be adopted which would best serve the hopes and expectations of the Indian population.
Question 2: What was the role of the Planning Commission?
Answer: The Planning Commission was set up to help design and execute suitable policies for the economic development of India.
Question 3: Fill in the blanks:
(a) Subjects that were placed on the Union List were ___________, _______ and ________.
(b) Subjects on the Concurrent List were _________ and _______.
(c) Economic planning by which both the state and the private sector played a role in development was called a ________ _______ model.
(d) The death of __________ sparked off such violent protests that the government was forced to give into the demand for the linguistic state of Andhra.
(a) Subjects that were placed on the Union List were taxes, defense and foreign affairs.
(b) Subjects on the Concurrent List were forest and agriculture.
(c) Economic planning by which both the state and the private sector played a role in developing what was called a mixed economy model.
(d) The death of Potti Sriramulu sparked off such violent protests, that the government was forced to give in to the demand for the linguistic state of Andhra.
Question 4: State whether true or false:
(a) At independence, the majority of Indians lived in villages.
(b) The Constituent Assembly was made up of members of the Congress party.
(c) In the first national election, only men were allowed to vote.
(d) The Second Five Year Plan focused on the development of heavy industry.
Question 5: What did Dr Ambedkar mean when he said that “In politics we will have equality, and in social and economic life we will have inequality”?
Answer: Dr Ambedkar pointed out that political democracy had to be accompanied by economic and social democracy. He believed that in politics we would have equality and in social and economic life we would have inequality. Giving the right to vote would not automatically lead to the removal of discrimination between rich and poor or upper-caste or lower-caste. These classes of people could be labelled equal only politically but in reality, it could not be possible due to our social and economic structure.
Question 6: After Independence, why was there a reluctance to divide the country on linguistic lines?
Answer: In the 1920s, Congress had promised that once the country won independence, each major linguistic group would have its own province. However, after independence, it did not take any steps to honour this promise. There was a reason for this. India had already been divided on the basis of religion. The joy of freedom had come along with the tragedy of Partition. This Partition had led to the killing of a million people in riots. Fresh divisions were not considered to be feasible. Congress leaders believed that any further divisions of the country would only disrupt its unity and progress. They felt that the need of the hour was for India to remain strong and united and work towards becoming a nation, and anything that hindered the growth of nationalism had to be rejected.
Question 7: Give one reason why English continued to be used in India after Independence.
Answer: Many Congress members believed that the English language should leave India with the British rulers. According to them, Hindi should English’s place. However, those who did not speak Hindi were of a different opinion. Speaking in the Assembly, T.T. Krishnamachari conveyed “a warning on behalf of people of the South”, some of whom threatened to separate from India if Hindi was imposed on them. A compromise was finally arrived at: namely, that while Hindi would be the “official language” of India, English would be used in the courts, the services and communications between one state and another.
Question 8: How was the economic development of India visualized in the early decades after Independence?
Answer: The economic development of India visualised in the early decades after Independence were:
(i) Objectives: Lifting India and Indians out of poverty, and building a modern technical and industrial base were among the major objectives of the new nation.
(ii) Planning Commission and Five Year Plans: A Planning Commission was set up to help design and execute suitable policies for economic development.
(iii) Mixed-economy: A mixed-economy model was agreed upon. In this economic model, both the State and the private sector would play important and complementary roles in increasing production and generating jobs.
(iv) Focus on heavy industries and dams: In1956, the Second Five Year Plan was formulated. This focused strongly on the development of heavy industries such as steel, and on the building of large dams.
(v) The focus on heavy industry, and the effort at state regulation of the economy (which was to guide the economic policy for the next few decades) had many critics.
This approach was criticized because:
(i) It put inadequate emphasis on agriculture
(ii) It neglected primary education
(iii) It did not take into account the environmental implications of concentrating on science and machinery.