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Social and Cultural Developments


Social and Cultural Developments: The state of indigenous education, its dislocation; Orientalist-Anglicist controversy, The introduction of western education in India; The rise of press, literature and public opinion; The rise of modern vernacular literature; Progress of science; Christian missionary activities in India.




  • Write a critical note on: “Impact of western contact on social changes in the rst half of 19th century.” [1981, 20m]
  • Review the educational policy of the English East India Company. To what extent did it serve the imperial interests of Great Britain?
  • Nowhere was the inuence of the missionaries felt more than in relation to the women’s movement. [1989, 20m] 
  • What was the Anglicisit-Orientalist controversy about?
  •  “The Government of India from Canning to Curzon was regarded‚ as a white man’s burden rather than as a call to creative eort or the preparation for a new era.” Comment.
  • “India broke her British fetters with western hammers.” Comment.
  • The Christian Missionary propaganda from 1813 onwards was “often insensitive and wounding.” Comment. 
  • The British Indian State experienced the ‘wind of change’ with the arrival of Lord William Bentinck. Comment. 
  • “India broke her British fetters with Western hammers.” Comment.
  •  Examine the impact of British rule on Indian Society in the 19th Century.
  • “The vernacular press in the nineteenth century was both newspaper as well as ‘views-papers’ that enlightened the dormant masses.” Comment.
  • “The educated middle class in the 19th century often found the domain of reason to be oppressive, as it implied the historical necessity of ‘civilizing’ colonial rule.” Comment.
  • Orientalism produced a knowledge of the past to service the needs of the Colonial States.” Elucidate. [2011, 20m]
  •  “The vernacular press in nineteenth century India served not just as newspapers but more importantly as views-papers.” Comment.
  • “The current practice of categorization of ‘Early Modern India’ is based on a shift from the old imperialist periodization of ‘Muslim India’ – ‘British India’ to the more secularist one of ‘Medieval India’ – ‘Modern India’, which puts Indian history in a universalist chronological Structure.” Critically evaluate. [2012, 10m]

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