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Evaluate the importance of ancient Indian religious literature in present day understanding of past history and culture.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Evaluate the importance of ancient Indian religious literature in present day understanding of past history and culture. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

Against the entrenched colonial bias that early Indians did not write history, it becomes important to understand Indic visions and methods of recollecting their past in their own right.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about importance of ancient Indian religious literature.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning the rich corpus of ancient Indian religious literature.

Body:

First, write about the importance of ancient India religious literature from the point of History and culture – political details, economic information, aspect of society, religion and culture which can be understood form the religious literature. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write the various limitations of the above – myth, lack of organised dates, comprehending religious literature as historical texts etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by giving a balanced opinion.