Who are Called Revolutionaries?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Revolutionaries can be considered a bit aggressive in their approach as opposed to the reformists. They intend to bring reforms by mostly challenging the status quo and even replacing it if required. Revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement were Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru.

Revolutionaries Definition and Meaning

Revolutionaries are those who speak out forcefully against unfair practices and call for a quick change in society and its norms. They actively support and promote such significant changes by joining the cause and instigating a revolution against the status quo.

  • Generally, revolutionaries can be divided into two groups: those who favor violent revolution and those who do not, known as pacifists.
  • For the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh can both be called revolutionaries, but they are at two different ends of the spectrum. This is because Gandhi believed in a non-violent and passive approach, whereas Shaheed Bhagat Singh was more proactive and aggressive.
  • Those who are adamant about bringing about a radical change in society through quick action and outspoken discussion of certain issues that are significant from the perspective of social development are referred to as revolutionaries.
  • The world witnessed a world revolution in the early days, which followed the Marxist concept of overthrowing capitalism in all the countries worldwide, and this was to be achieved through a combined revolutionary action of the working class who were the victims of this capitalism.

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