|Consider the following statements with respect to the Vernacular Press Act, 1878:|
|I. It was passed during the Viceroyalty of Lord Ripon|
|II. District magistrates were authorised to enter the premises of any vernacular publication for inspection|
|III. District magistrates were authorised to get assurance from the publisher of not publishing anything which might excite the public disaffection|
|IV. The Act was repeated by Dufferin after the formation of the Indian National Congress.|
|Which of the above are correct?|
A) I, II, III and IV
B) I, II and IIl
C) II and III
D) I and III
Correct Answer: C
Solution :[c] The Vernacular Press Act was passed in 1878 under the Governor Generalship and Viceroyalty of Lord Lytton, for better control of Indian language newspapers. The purpose of the Act was to control the printing and circulation of seditious material, specifically that which could produce disaffection against the British Government in India in the minds of the masses.
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