Daily Problem Practice for History (DPPH): 2 March

DPPH: 2 March

1. Acharya Vinoba Bhave who aimed at bringing about land reform or land distribution through his Bhoodan Movement received the first donation of land on 18th April 1951 in  the village

(a) Srikakulam in north coastal region of Andhra Pradesh

(b) Allur in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh

(c) Pochampalli in Telengana region of Andhra Pradesh

(d) Amalapuram in coastal region of Andhra Pradesh

2. Under whom did the English Army defeat Haider Ali at Poroto Novo?

(a) Eyre Coote

(b) Cornwallis

(c) Malcolm

(d) Elphinstone

3. In March 1947 at Nehru’s initiative an Asian Relations Conference attended by more than 20 countries was held in Delhi. Which of the following non-Asian countries attended this conference?

(a) Canada

(b) Australia

(c) Mexico

(d) Brazil

4. The Upanishads were rendered into Perisan by Dara-Shukoh under the title   

(a) Sirr-i-Akbar

(b) Insha-i-Mahru

(c) Khulasat-us-Siyaq

(d) Amal-i-Salih

5. In the Mughal administration, the Sadr-us-Sudur looked after which one of the following departments?   

(a) Suyurghals

(b) Zabti

(c) Mansab

(d) Buyutat

6. Diwan-i-Khalisa was responsible to look after the   

(a) Land under continuous cultivation

(b) Land under direct possession of the state

(c) Revenue-free land granted as reward

(d) Cultivable land but left fallow

7. Who among the following was the Maratha Senapati appointed by Baji Rao II in the third Anglo-Maratha war?   

(a) Bapu Gokhale

(b) Trimbakji Dengle

(c) Chintamanrao Patwardhan

(d) Yashavantro Holkar

8. In medieval Indian warfare the earthen mound built to reach the top of a besieged fort was known as   

(a) Paik

(b) Pasheb

(c) Qaba

(d) Qalbkari

9. Who was stationed by Dupleix at Hyderabad after the First Carnatic War?   

(a) Bourdonnais

(b) Lally

(c) Malcolm

(d) Bussy

10.  The Dasavatara Temple at Deogarh is of

(a) Dvikuta type

(b)  Trikuta type

(c) Ekayatana type

(d)  Punchayatana type

Mains Questions (For History Optional and Mains)

Q. Critically examine the views of Balban, Ala-ud-din Khalji and the Tughluq on the nature of  Kingship under the Delhi Sultanate. [250 words]

Q. Critically examine the economic regulations of Ala-ud-din Khalji. [250 words]

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  1. Ram says:

    Hi Sir,
    Please review and give me your feedback.

    Q. Critically examine the economic regulations of Ala-ud-din Khalji. [250 words]
    For contemporaries, the market reforms introduced by Aka-ud-din Khalji were a great wonder.

    Economic Regulations of Ala-ud-din Khalji:

    Ala-ud-din sought to fix the cost of all commodities from food grains, sugar and cooking oil to a needle. For this purpose, he set up three markets in Delhi – one for food grains, the second for costly cloth and the third for horses, slaves and cattle. Each market was under the control of a high officer called Shahna who maintained the register of the merchants and strictly controlled the shopkeepers and the prices.
    Market for Food Grains: Regulation of food grains was very important to support his huge standing army which was raised because of an imminent Mongol invasion. In order to ensure a regular supply of cheap food grains, he declared that the land revenue in the doab region would be directly paid to the state and the land revenue was raised to half the produce.
    Market for Horses: Control of the prices of horses was necessary for the Sultan because without the supply of good horses at reasonable prices the army could not function efficiently. Good quality horses were only sold to the state and the price of a first grade horse was between 100 to 200 tankas.
    Market for cloth and other commodities: Control of prices of other goods was not vital for Ala-ud-din. However, their prices were also fixed, because it was felt this might have any indirect impact on other sectors.
    Problems with some regulations:
    In spite of necessary measures taken to prevent hoarding of peasants, the realization of land revenue in cash and submission of half the produce to the state was a huge burden to the peasants. The peasants were now forced to sell their food grains at a low price to the banjaras.
    Overall the market reforms taken by Ala-ud-din were unique and many subsequent rulers followed some of his reforms.


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