With reference to the Home Rule Movement discuss the two factors which emphasize the significance of the Home Rule Movement.
(i) First World War: The First World War broke out in 1914. India too was made a party of the war without consulting any of the Indian leaders. So this was opposed by the Indian leaders. Even the common people grew impatient.
(ii) Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s release and Mrs. Annie Besant’s Entry into politics: Bal Gangadhar Tilak was one of the most important assertive nationalists. He was released in 1914. In 1916 he formed the Home Rule League. Mrs. Annie Besant set up a similar Home Rule League with its headquarter at Adyar. These movements were fully supported by Moderate as well by the Assertive leaders.