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Daily Problem Practise for History Optional and GS Paper I (9 January: World History)

For History Optional Q. “From that time forward socialism was no longer an accidental discovery of this or that ingenious brain, but the necessary outcome of the struggle between two historically developed classes- the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. Its task was no longer to manufacture a system of society as perfect as possible, but to […]

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Daily Problem Practise for History Optional and GS Paper I (8 January: World History)

For History Optional Q. “The Enlightenment represented alternative approaches to modernity, alternative habits of mind and heart, of conscience and sensibility.” Discuss. Note: To get feedback, send you answers to selfstudyhistory@gmail.com. Those enrolled in test series will be given priority with ensured evaluation of answers. Preferably send in pdf (by using cam scanner or a good […]

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“Adi Shankara was not an ivory tower philosopher; he was political sage, engaging with and responding to the historical context of his time.” Elucidate.

“Adi Shankara was not an ivory tower philosopher; he was political sage, engaging with and responding to the historical context of his time.” Elucidate. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Adi Shankara, a South Indian Philosopher, gave the doctrine of Advaita (allowing no second, i.e., monism) and preached Upanishad doctrine of salvation through Knowledge. He is credited with unifying and […]

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“Women participation in Bhakti movements contributed in emancipation of women.” Critically Examine.

“Women participation in Bhakti movements contributed in emancipation of women.” Critically Examine. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Bhakti as a concept means devotion and surrender. It originated in South India in the 7th century, the Bhakti movement propagated the idea that God dwells in each individual and one could attain God through faith and devotion. It is now seen […]

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“Land grant was at its height in early medieval period.” Throw light on land grant types and its ideological background.

“Land grant was at its height in early medieval period.” Throw light on land grant types and its ideological background. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The early medieval period in Indian history marks the growth of cultivation and organisation of land relations through land grants. These grants began around the beginning of Christian era and covered practically the entire […]

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How and why hundis became an important form of money transaction during the Mughal period?

How and why hundis became an important form of money transaction during the Mughal period? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Hundi was a paper document/ letter of credit / bill of exchange promising payment of money after a period of time at a certain place at a discount. The hundis often included insurance (bima) which was charged at different […]

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How did arrival of Portuguese affect existing trade system of Indian ruler and merchants?

How did arrival of Portuguese affect existing trade system of Indian ruler and merchants? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Right from the time Portuguese arrived at Calicut, they had demanded that other merchants, Indian as well as foreign, should be ousted and a complete monopoly over trade be granted to them. Portuguese ships equipped with arms and ammunition threatened […]

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Describe the influence of Sufism and Bhakti Movement on each other.

Describe the influence of Sufism and Bhakti Movement on each other.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Influence of Sufism on bhakti movement: Many scholars argue that all variants of bhakti movement and the doctrine of bhakti itself came into being as a result of Islamic influence both before and after the 12th century. This claim is on the basis […]

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“Humayun tumbled through life and tumbled out of it.” Comment.

“Humayun tumbled through life and tumbled out of it.” Comment.  ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: If we cast a glance at the life and the main events of Humayun, the truth and veracity of Lanepooless statement that “Humayun tumbled through life and tumbled out of it” is established. Whenever Humayun had an opportunity to tumble he did tumble […]

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Delineate the development of Mughal architecture during the reign of Shahjahan.

Delineate the development of Mughal architecture during the reign of Shahjahan. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Mughal architecture reached the climax un­der Shahjahan with changed style and spirit. Building material and decoration Towards the end of Jahangir’s reign began the practice of putting up buildings entirely of marble and decorating the walls with floral designs made of semiprecious […]

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