History Optional Paper II (2018): Section A [Modern India]

History Optional Paper II (2018): Section B [Modern India]

Q.1 Critically examine the following statements in about 150 words: [10×5=50 Marks]

(a) “The Battle of Plassey (1757) thus marked the beginning of political supremacy of the English East India Company in India.” [10 Marks]

(b) “The passing of the land from the hands of the peasant proprietors into the hands of non-cultivating landlords brought about increasing polarization of classes in agrarian areas.” [10 Marks]

(c) “Faced with the challenge of the intrusion of colonial culture and ideology an attempt to reinvigorate traditional institutions and to realize the potential of traditional culture developed during the nineteenth century.” [10 Marks]

(d) “An ideology of paternalistic benevolence, occasionally combined with talk of trusteeship and training towards self-government, thinly veiled the realities of a Raj uncompromisingly white and despotic.” [10 Marks]

(e) “States’s reorganization did not, of course, resolve all the problems relating to linguistic conflicts.” [10 Marks]

Q.2 (a) Was the Moplah Rebellion in Malabar an expression of anti-landlord and anti-foreign discontent? Discuss. [20 Marks]

(b) Analyse various trends in Dalit Movements in various parts of post-independent India. [20 Marks]

(c) Could Dyarchy (1919) satisfy the national sentiments of the Indians? [10 Marks]

Q.3 (a) Underline the growth of various forms of Socialist ideologies in the Indian National Movement between World War I and II. [20 Marks]

(b) Trace the development of land reforms in India between 1947 and early 1960’s. [20 Marks]

(c) What was the significance of Orientalist-Anglicist controversy in nineteenth century India? Analyze. [10 Marks]

Q.4 (a) Do you consider the suspension of Non-Cooperation Movement a “national calamity”? [20 Marks]

(b) Critically examine the turns and twists in the politics of partition in 1930’s and 1940’s. [20 Marks]

(c) Can method and politics of the moderates be referred to as ‘political mendicancy? [10 Marks]

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