Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2. Pataliputra holds a special place in Indian history as a centre of political power, and culture, and its legacy continues to be of great significance in the study of ancient India. Elaborate. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Reference: The Print
Why the question:
The article discusses the significance of Pataliputra, the ancient capital of India during the Maurya dynasty, and highlights the recent archaeological discoveries related to it.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about the significance of Pataliputra of Ancient India.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly give context of Pataliputra.
First, write about Pataliputra, also known as Patalipattan, was one of the most significant ancient cities in the Indian subcontinent.
Next, write about its significance – seat of power for empires like the Mauryas and Guptas, it played a pivotal role in shaping the political landscape of the Indian subcontinent, center of culture, learning, and religion, with institutions like Nalanda University and a profound influence on the spread of Buddhism and Jainism etc.
Conclude with significance and relevance in today’s times.