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Trace the growth and development of trade in ancient India, focusing on the prominent trade routes. Evaluate how this flourishing trade influenced the cultural aspects of ancient Indian civilization.

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

1. Trace the growth and development of trade in ancient India, focusing on the prominent trade routes. Evaluate how this flourishing trade influenced the cultural aspects of ancient Indian civilization. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article discusses the discovery of carnelian beads in the archaeological site of Keeladi, Tamil Nadu, which reaffirms ancient trade links between the region and territories in western India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the growth of trade in ancient India and its impact on culture.

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 providing an overview of the importance of trade in ancient India.

Body:

First, write about the historical context of trade in ancient India, including the time periods and regions involved. Highlight the significance of trade routes like the Silk Road and maritime routes.

Next, write about how trade influenced the cultural aspects of ancient India, including religion, art, and language. Discuss the spread of Indian culture to other regions through trade.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.