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Mains Self Study- 2017 – Test 16

Mains Self Study – Test 16

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  1. Compare and contrast the ‘Swadesi’ promoted in 1905 and the idea of ‘Swadesi’ advocated later by Mahatma Gandhi. Why these ideas are gaining resurgence in the modern world? Discuss with special reference to India.

Source: Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence – Chapter 10

 

  1. “The socio-cultural regeneration in nineteenth century India was occasioned by the colonial presence, but not created by it.” Argue for and against the statement using suitable examples.

Source: Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence – Chapter 6

 

  1. The role of Press and Missionaries in the growth of nationalism and national movement in India can hardly be underestimated. Do you agree with the assessment? Or would you argue otherwise?

Source: Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence – Chapter 8

 

  1. Trace the evolution of the institution of legislature in colonial India. Critically examine their impact on Indian national movement.

Source: Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence – Chapter 9

 

  1. Present a broad economic critique of colonialism in India with special reference to Dadabhai Naoroji’s ‘Drain Theory’. Do you think the sustained high poverty rates in pre and post-independent India can be attributed solely to this economic exploitation?

Source: Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence – Chapter 7

 

  1. Discuss the contribution of Cholas to the development of arts, architecture and literature in India with special reference to temple architecture.

Source: Tamil Nadu History Textbook – Class XI – Chapter 13

 

  1. Discuss the spread and exchange of Indian culture and civilization to the other parts of Asia, with a focus on commercial relations. How this cultural exchange has shaped the popular culture in India today?

Source: Tamil Nadu History Textbook – Class XI – Chapter 13

 

 

  1. Examine how the art and architecture of the Delhi Sultanate period was distinct from the Indian style. Cite relevant examples in support of your view.

 Source: Tamil Nadu History Textbook – Class XI – Chapter 17

 

  1. Weak capital markets in India are a major hindrance to the economic growth process. Do you agree? Suggest possible measures to strengthen capital markets in India.

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on Security Markets

 

  1. Distinguish between the nature and role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Foreign Institutional Investment (FII) in India’s economic development. Do you support strict regulation of FIIs and increased liberalization of FDI? Justify your view.

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on Security Markets

 

  1. Bring out the major problems, challenges and significance of the expansion of real estate sector in India. Should the government liberalize foreign investment in real estate sector to promote its rapid growth?

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on Security Markets

 

  1. India should use its large idle foreign exchange reserves to fund infrastructure projects. Do you agree with this view? Justify your stand.

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on External Sector of India

 

  1. What is an IMF Quota and how it is allocated among member states? Why are developing countries advocating a reform of the quota system? Discuss in the larger perspective of a much needed change in the global economic governance system.

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on External Sector of India

 

  1. “Multilateral trade liberalisation is the best way forward in international economic integration. But, the WTO process seems to have been overtaken by preferential trade agreements and regionalism.” Examine the reasons for the same. How should India deal with this situation?

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on External Sector of India

 

  1. Differentiate between fiscal federalism and political federalism. Bring out the major contemporary issues in India’s fiscal federalism. What improvements would you suggest in the present fiscal federal system?

Source: Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh: Chapter on Public Finance

 

  1. What is the constitutional responsibility of the Governor with respect to the administration of scheduled and tribal areas? Has it been effective? Discuss.

Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth: Chapter on Scheduled and Tribal Areas

 

  1. As per a recent Supreme Court judgment, “Governor is not the conscience keeper of the legislative assembly.” Comment on the statement in the light of recent imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh. How does the judgment impact the constitutional and situation discretion of the Governor?

Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth: Chapter on Governor

 

  1. Discuss the historical background of Article 370 of the constitution of India. Should Article 370 be deleted from the Constitution? Discuss.

 Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth: Chapter on Special Status of Jammu & Kashmir

 

  1. Can the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) be called as the third tier of Indian federation? Justify your opinion.

 Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth: Chapter on Panchayati Raj

 

  1. Discuss the constitutional position and role of the State Legislative Council vis-à-vis the Rajya Sabha. Have both the institutions lost relevance with the maturing of Indian Parliamentary Democracy?

 Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth: Chapter on State Legislature