(1) the early nationalists wanted to achieve self-government but the assertives aimed at swaraj.
(2) early nationalists had faith in the british sense of justic and fair play but the assertives were rejected british rule and held it responsible for poverty of the Indian people
(3) early nationalists received their support from the intelligentsia but assertives drew their support from the masses
(4) early nationalists were inspired by the ideas of western philosphers but assertives drew their inspiration from India's past.