The leaders of the early phase of the Indian National Congress in course of time came to be known as the Moderates.
They were called Moderates because another trend developed in the Congress that was known as Extremism.
However, despite the fact that the Moderates achieved little their contributions to the cause of Indian awakening were immense.
(1) The early Congress leaders exposed the true nature of the British rule in India.
(2) They created strong public opinion and thereby aroused national spirit amongst the Indian people.
(3) By launching intensive propaganda in Britain they educated the British public opinion.
(4) To them belonged the credit of organizing an all India organization in which people living in different parts of the country could interact with one another.