Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
1. Colonialism may have been political philosophy but impact of colonisation was experienced differently across regions, classes and castes across the world. Analyse. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Why the question:
A popular theme at seminars this autumn is de-colonisation. The concept notes explaining the theme treat it like a new deodorant — much required, of course, and expected to cure a chronic problem for good. Not that earlier generations had ignored it, but perhaps they lacked determination and propitious circumstances.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about colonialism, its social and economic impact across the world.
Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by defining colonialism.
First, write about the social impact of colonialism. Write both the positive and negative impacts witnessed across the world.
Next, write about the economic impact of colonialism. Write about the drain, the deindustrialisation, the economic stagnation as well positive impact of colonial rule.
Next, account for differences in colonialism across the world.
Conclude by writing a balanced opinion.