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Discuss the starring role and influences of Basavanna as a social reformer.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

2. Discuss the starring role and influences of Basavanna as a social reformer. (250 words)

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is based on the theme of important social reformers and their contributions to the society.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain in detail about the personality of Basavanna and his role and contributions as a social reformer.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


Basavanna (1106–1167)) was a philosopher and a social reformer, who fought against social evils of his time such as caste system and the ritual practices of Hinduism.


Explain that his teachings and philosophy transcend all boundaries and address the universal and eternal. Basava was a great humanitarian, who advocated a new way of life, in which divine experience was at the center of life and where caste, gender and social distinctions carried no special importance.

Discuss in detail his contributions to the Indian society.

Explain the bringing of Lingayat faith by him, his contributions through Vachanas etc.


Conclude with his teachings that hold relevant even in today’s times.