What is the Difference between Early Nationalist and Assertive Nationalist?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

The Difference between Early Nationalist and Assertive Nationalist is the former believed in liberal politics while the latter believed in radical policy. Early nationalists believed in loyalty to the British crown. They requested constitutional and other reforms within the framework of British rule as they believed in the British sense of justice and fairness.

Difference between Early Nationalist and Assertive Nationalist

Early nationalists were not striving for full independence, whereas demands of Assertive Nationalists were fierce to achieve complete independence from the British Empire.

  • Assertive nationalists wanted complete independence from British Colonialism in India.
  • The main objective of the outspoken nationalists was the immediate attainment of Swaraj.
  • The early nationalists and the outspoken nationalists were two sides of the same coin, with a common goal of India’s independence.

Early Nationalist vs Assertive Nationalist

The Differences between Early Nationalists and Assertive Nationalists are:

Early Nationalists Assertive Nationalists
Also known as the Moderates. Also known as the Extremists.
Wanted to achieve self-government and they strove for autonomy. Believed in radical policy and wanted immediate attainment of Swaraj.
Had faith in the British sense of justice and fair play. They denounced British rule and defied it.
The ideas of Western philosophers inspired them. Had support from the masses and drew their inspiration from India’s past.
Some of the moderate leaders were Dadabhai Naoroji and Ferozeshah Mehta. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal, and Lala Lajpat Rai were famous Assertive Nationalists.

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