Indian History : An Analysis For Mains

  • Indian History & Culture
  • Socio-Religious Reforms – Socities
  1. What was the character of the socio-religious reforms in the 19 th century & how did they contribute to the    national awakening in India? (30 Marks).
  2. Write a note on Theosophical Society (15 Marks).
  3. How did the movement for liberation of women receive a great stimulus from the rise & growth of the nationalist movement in India?
  4. Who established Arya Samaj? What was its goal? (15 Marks).
  • British Administration:
  1. What in your opinion are the positive steps taken by the British to modernize India. (30 marks).
  2. Examine the policy of Subordinate Union towards Princely States. Account for the shift from the policy of Subordinate Isolation (30 Marks).
  3. Discuss the major regulations enacted by the British Rulers to curb the freedom of Press in India (30 Marks).
  4. What administrative changes were introduced after 1858? What were the objectives of these changes? (30 Marks).
  • Committees:
  1. Discuss the main findings of the Hartog Committee (15 Marks).
  2. What was the Butler Committee Report? Discuss the reactions on the report in India. (30 Marks).
  • Uprisings:
  1. Discuss the character of the major tribal uprisings in the British India in the 19 th Century. (15 Marks).
  • Character of the Indian Freedom Movement.
  1. Characterize the main features of Indian Renaissance. (15 Marks).
  2. What was the attitude of the Indian Industrialists towards the Indian National Congress in the pre- independent era?
  3. The crisis of the colonial order during 1919 & 1939 was directly linked to the constitutional reforms,disillusionment and militant anti-colonial struggles. Elucidate (30 Marks).
  4. Why & how did the Congress come to accept the partition of the country (15 Marks).
  5. Bring out the ideological basis of the Moderate Extremist divide in the Indian National Congress (15 Marks).
  6. Discuss the main objectives of the Indian National movement upto 1905. What were its basic weakness during this period? (30 Marks).
  • Specific Freedom Movements/Events (Pre 1940)
  1. Do you think Mahatma Gandhi’s support to Khilafat Movement had diluted his secular credentials? Give your arguemtn based on assessment of events. (15 Marks).
  2. Form a critical assessment of the Non-Cooperation Movement (30 Marks).
  3. Who led the Partition of Bengal in 1905 (15 Marks).
  4. Trace the growth of Indian Home Rule Movement in Britain (15 Marks).
  5. Discuss the aims and objects of the Khilafat Movement. To what extent was it successful? (15 Marks).
  6. Why did Gandhi launch the Salt Satyagraha in 1930 & with what results? (15 Marks).
  7. Trace the origin of Swadeshi Movement. How did it involve the masses? (30 Marks).
  • Specific Freedom Movements/Events (Post 1940)
  1. Evaluate the attitudes of different political parties towards Quit India Movement. (15 Marks)
  2. Why did Jinnah reject the C.R. Formula? (30 Marks).
  3. Review the “Dickie Bird Plan”. (15 Marks).
  4. What was Mountatten Plan? Discuss the reactions of Gandhi & Azad to the plan. (30 Marks).
  • Various Acts passed under British Rule
  1. What are the salient feautures of the Government of India Acts of 1858 & 1909? (15 Marks).
  2. How did the Government of India Act 1935 mark a point of no return in the history of constitutional development in India? (30 Marks).
  3. In the Montagu-Chelmsford report communal representation & reservations were not only retained but considerably extended. Comment. (15 Marks).
  4. The reforms of 1909 introduced a cardinal problem & ground of controversy at every revision of the Indian electoral system”. Comment (30 Marks).
  5. What administrative changes were introduced after 1858? What were the objectives of these changes?(30 Marks).
  • Revolutionaries
  1. Evaluate the contribution of revolutionary terrorism represented by Bhagat Singh to the cause of India’s struggle for independence.
  2. Where did tettorist movement gather strength in countries other than India?
  • Leader Specific Question
  1. Regardless of distance in time, there were lots of similarities between Lord Curzon and Jawahar Lal Nehru.   Discuss. (30 Marks).
  2. Critically assess Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru’s view on Indian Nationalism.
  3. Evaluate Subhash Candra Bose’s Contribution to India’s Freedom.
  4. The Mainstay of Mahatma Gandhi’s Movement was rural India. Elucidate. (15 Marks).
  • Post Independence Developments
  1. Discuss the problems that impeded the integration of the princely states into the Indian Union. How were these problems tackled? (30 Marks).
  2. Was Jawahar Lal Nehru Justified in adopting the principle of non alignment as the cornerstone of India’s foreign policy? (15 Marks).
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