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Q. With reference to Indigo Revolt, which of the following is/are correct? Select the correct answer using the code given below:


A

1 only
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B

2 only
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C

Both 1 and 2
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D

Neither 1 and 2
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Solution

The correct option is B
2 only
Explanation:

Statement 1 is incorrect: In the Indigo Revolt, the important feature was the intervention of the educated middle classes and some of the European missionaries. Dinabandhu Mitra published in September 1860 a play in Bengali called Neel Darpan {literally, 'blue mirror'), which depicted the atrocities of the indigo planters in the boldest possible colour. The play was translated into English by the famous Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta and was published by Rev. James Long of the Church Missionary Society to bring it to the notice of the liberal political circles in India and London.

Statement 2 is correct: For this, James Long was tried for libel in the Calcutta Supreme Court and was fined with a jail sentence of one month. His conviction enraged the Calcutta literati, as the Indian press, particularly the Hindu Patriot and Somprakash took up the cause of the indigo peasants, and the British Indian Association came to their side as well.

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