Differentiate between the reasons for the participation of the rich peasants and poor peasants in the Civil Disobedience Movement


(i) Rich peasants were hard hit by the trade depression and falling prices, whereas poor peasants’ cash income dwindled and they could not pay their rents.

(ii) Refusal of the government to reduce the revenue demand led to widespread resentment, whereas poor peasants wanted the unpaid rent to the landlords to be remitted.

(iii) For rich peasants, fight for Swaraj was a struggle against high revenues and for poor peasants, their ‘no rent’ campaign.


(iv) Rich peasants were disappointed since revenue was not reduced and poor peasants were disappointed with the Congress as they were unwilling to support them.

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