HISTORY – Answer Writing Challenge

Indus Valley Civilization 3. Was India civilized before the advent of the Aryans? State briefly the extent and striking features of the earlier civilization, if any. (200 Words) 4. How do you account for the decline of the major cities of the Indus Valley Civilization? (200 Words) Tomorrow’s Topic Indus Valley Civilization  

History – Answer Writing Challenge

           1. SOURCES   1. “Ancient Indians had no taste for historiography; their scholars cared more for  religious, spiritual and philosophical studies. Indian historiography is essentially an Islamic heritage..“ Comment upon this statement with special reference to the contemporary writers and their works which help us in the reconstruction of history of the early …

The Big Picture – Nelson Mandela: How Gandhi influenced his life and times

A discussion on how Gandhi influenced Nelson Mandela’s life. Guests: K Natwar Singh (Former External Affairs Minister) ; Sitaram Yechury (CPI(M) Leader, Rajya Sabha and Politburo Member) ; R K Bhatia (Former Indian High Commissioner to South Africa) ; John Cherian (Associate Editor, Frontline) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut4FYNlVp3E&w=560&h=315] Source and Couresy: Rajya Sabha TV

History – Daily Answer Writing Challenge – 8

QUESTIONS: 28/10/2013 (Paper-I) “Medieval Indian towns were merely an extension of villages.” Comment (150 Words) Evaluate Rajatarangini a source of history (150 Words) Discuss the Caurapancashika and Jain styles of paintings. Can the Caurapancashika be called the precursor of pothi format? (200 Words) ARCHIVES REFERENCES Question 3 Link 1 Link 2

History – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 7

QUESTIONS: 26/10/2013 “The Charter Act of 1833 rung down the curtain on the Company’s trade and introduced a new form of government in India.” Substantiate. (200 Words) “The Vernacular press in nineteenth century India served not just as newspapers, but more importantly as views-papers.” Comment. (200 Words) “Whoever say Industrial Revolution, says cotton.” Comment. (200 …

History – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 5

QUESTIONS: 24/10/2013 “The announcement of the creation of People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 by Mao Zedong ended the Civil War between the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalist Party (KMT).” Elaborate (300 Words/2012) “The Arab nationalism had a peculiar character. It stood for national independence of separate Arab states as well as …

History – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 4

QUESTIONS: 22/10/2013 (Paper-II, Topics: European business enterprise; Social and Religious Reform movements in Bengal and Other Areas) “Plantations and mines, jute mills, banking, insurance, shipping and export-import concerns in India were run through a system of interlocking managing agencies.” Critically examine (150 Words) “The contact of the new Indian middle class with the West proved to be …

History – Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day –

QUESTIONS: 21/10/2013 (Paper-II, Topics: American Revolution and the Constitution;  The World after World War II) How far is it correct to say that every feature of American constitution was ultimately of English origin? (200 Words) “Europe faced peace in 1945 politically disorganized and economically crippled.” Elaborate (300 Words) ARCHIVES

History – Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 2

QUESTIONS: 19/10/2013 (Paper-II: Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule(b); 9.Women and Indian youth and students in Indian politics (1885-1947);14.Dalit movements) “Railway development in India provides an interesting instance of private enterprise at public risk.” Critically evaluate. (200 Words) “The active participation of Aruna Asaf Ali in 1942 movement symbolized the role of women in India’s freedom struggle.” Critically …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge (HISTORY) Day – 1

QUESTIONS: 18/10/2013 (Paper-II – History) “Though the Permanent Settlement had serious defects, it gave tranquility to the countryside and stability to the government.” Comment. (200 Words/2009) How did social legislation in the nineteenth century improve the condition of women in India? (300 Words/2009) “In all the long annals of imperialism, the partition of Africa is …

Full Text Of The Speech Given by Barack Obama in Prague Outlining America’s New Nuclear Policy

On March 3ed the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek said that the Obama would deliver “the European Speech of the Year” during his visit to Prague on April 4th. I just listened to that speech and I must admit that Topolanek’s remark was very modest – in my opinion this speech by Obama will go down …

Time Magazine’s Report on Mahatma Gandhi When It Chose Him Man of the Year in 1931

TIME Magazine January 5, 1931   Curiously, it was in a jail that the year’s end found the little half-naked brown man whose 1930 mark on world history will undoubtedly loom largest of all. It was exactly twelve months ago that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s Indian National Congress promulgated the Declaration of Indian Independence. It was in March that …