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Russian Revolution in Perspective

Reflections on Its Impact on the Indian Freedom Struggle

The October Revolution of 1917 profoundly influenced the course of the Indian freedom movement in multiple ways. It gave “impetus to Indian political aspirations,” widened the base of the freedom struggle by making industrial workers and peasants active participants, and endowed the movement with a progressive outlook. The revolution’s principles resonated deeply among the people and leaders of the Indian freedom movement. In fact, many of the values enshrined in our Constitution, adopted post independence, were inspired by the lofty ideals of the Russian Revolution.

November 2017 marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution, an event that proved to be a turning point in the history of the world.1 The revolution not only resulted in ending centuries of imperial rule in Russia but also set in motion political and social processes that led to the formation of the Soviet Union. Unlike other political revolutions that occurred in a single country and replaced one government with another, or a nationalist revolutions that appealed to a single people and its diaspora, the Russian Revolution was an international revolution. It resonated internationally and boldly proclaimed the advent of a new historical era with new political possibilities. It was also a social revolution, much like the English revolution of the 17th century and the French and the American revolutions of the 18th century. It changed the way historical motion came to be understood.

International Ramifications

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Updated On : 31st Jul, 2018
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