Chapter 7 - Rise of Popular Movements : Important Questions and Answers

List of Questions and Answers

1.Which popular movement led to the empowerment of women?

Ans:Chipko movement

2.How did the farmers associated with Bharatiya Kisan Union differ from the most other farmers in India?

Ans:The BKU demanded higher government floor prices for sugarcane and wheat, abolition of restrictions on the inter-state movement of farm produce, guaranteed supply of electricity at reasonable rates, waiving of repayments due on loans to farmers and the provision of a government pension for farmers.

3.The Sardar Sarovar dam is built on river _____________.
(a) Ganga
(b) Yamuna
(c) Brahmaputra
(d) Narmada

Ans: (d) Narmada.

4.Describe any four activities of the Dalit Panthers to promote their interests.


  • The movement started by Dalit Panthers along with other organisations which were ready to support over the issue of injustice against Dalits managed to get the government passed a law in 1989 that provided for rigorous punishment for such acts.
  • The main agenda of the Panthers was to destroy the caste system and to build an organisation of all the sections which suffered like the landless poor peasants and urban industrial workers along with Dalits.
  • The movement provided a platform for Dalit educated youth to use their creativity as a protest activity.
  • Dalit writers protested against the brutalities of the caste system in their numerous autobiographies and other literary works published during this period.
  • Dalit Panthers also got involved in electoral compromises, but it did not last for a long time.