THEY WERE ALSO CALLED AS the Moderates were a
group of political leaders in India active between 1885 and 1905. Their
emergence marked the beginning of the organised national movement in India.
With members of the group drawn from educated middle-class professionals
including lawyers, teachers and government officials, many of them were
educated in England. They have become known as "Early Nationalists"
because they believed in demanding reforms while adopting constitutional and
peaceful means to achieve their aims..