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Chapter – 5


In this post, we have given the Important Questions of the chapter 5 “Indigo”. It is the 5th chapter of the prose of Class 12th English.

BoardCBSE Board, UP Board, JAC Board, HBSE Board, UBSE Board, PSEB Board, RBSE Board
ClassClass 12
SubjectEnglish Flamingo
Chapter no.Chapter 5
Chapter NameIndigo
CategoryClass 12 English Important Questions
Class 12 English Ch 5 Indigo Important Questions

Ch 5 Indigo

Answer the following questions in 30-40 words each

Qes 1. Why is Raj Kumar Shukla described as being resolute?

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Ans – Raj Kumar Shukla was a poor, illiterate peasant from Champaran. When he came to know that Gandhi was in Lucknow, he decided to meet him to help the poor sharecroppers of Champaran. He requested Gandhi to come to Champaran but Gandhi was not free. He had appointments in Cawnpore and in other parts of India. Shukla followed him everywhere and even to his ashram at Ahmedabad and urged him to fix a date. Finally, Gandhi had to agree to visit Champaran. This clearly shows that Shukla was resolute.

Qes 2.  Why did Gandhi chide the lawyers?

Ans – Gandhiji came to know about the plight of poor peasants of Champaran. He was told that Muzzaffarpur lawyers frequently represented peasant groups in court. Gandhiji chided them for collecting big fee from the sharecroppers. After his chiding the lawyers realised that it was shameful for them not to help peasants as Gandhi being a stranger was ready even to go to jail for the peasants.

Qes 3. Instead of going to Champaran, Gandhi went to Muzzafarpur. Give a valid reason.

Ans – Shukla had already poured information about the troubles of the poor peasants. But Gandhi wanted to obtain more information about conditions than Shukla was capable of imparting. So, he sent a telegram to Prof. J.B. Kripalani. He came at the station with his students. Gandhi stayed for two days at the house of Prof. Malkani. Muzzafarpur lawyers too called on Gandhi to brief him.

Qes 4. “The battle of Champaran is won”. When and why did Gandhiji exclaim this?

Ans – Gandhiji said that the battle of Champaran is won when the prominent people agreed to go to jail for the course of Champaran. Gandhiji knew that now he would be able to pressurize the government.

Qes 5. How did Gandhiji show that he cared for the cultural and social backwardness of Champaran villages?

Ans – The peasants of Champaran`s villages were culturally and socially backward, besides being crushed and fear-stricken by the British due to the sharecropper agreement. Gandhiji freed them from exploitation by teaching them that they have rights and also supporters of their cause. The backwardness was tackled by opening primary schools, improving the healthcare facilities and teaching the villagers personal cleanliness and community sanitation.

Answer the following questions in about 120-150 words.

Qes 1.  Why did Raj Kumar Shukla invite Gandhiji to Champaran? How did Gandhiji solve the problem of the indigo farmers?

Ans- Raj Kumar Shukla invited Gandhiji to Champaran to fight against the injustice meted out to the peasants in Champaran. Gandhiji scolded the lawyers for collecting big fees from the sharecroppers. He telegraphed Dr. Rajendra Prasad to come from Bihar with his friends who conferred with Gandhiji who asked them what they would do if he was sentenced to prison. The senior lawyers replied that they had come to advise and help him. Being a stranger Gandhiji was prepared to go to prison for the sake of the peasants. They also agreed to follow Gandhiji to jail. Gandhiji and the lawyers had written down dispositions by about ten thousand peasants and notes made on other evidences. He was served summons but remained firm. Then he received a written communication from the magistrate that the Lt. Governor of the province had ordered the case to be dropped. Gandhiji agreed to a settlement of 25% refund to the farmers

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