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Friday, August 2, 2019

Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.


Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.



  • Was India civilized before the advent of the Aryans? State briefly the extent and striking features of the earlier civilization, if any. [1982, 20m]
  • How do you account for the decline of the major cities of the Indus Valley Civilization? [1984, 20m]
  • Write a short essay on: “External trade of the Harappans.” [1991, 20m]
  • Write a brief essay on: “The burial customs in the Indus Civilization.” [1993, 20m]
  • Write a short essay on: “The Religion of the Indus Civilization.” [1996, 20m]
  • Discuss the water management and its conservation planning in the Harappan (Indus-Saraswati) cities. [2013, 20m]
  • Do you think the Harappan civilization had a diversity of subsistence base? [2014, 15m]
  • The decline of Harappan civilization was caused by ecological degradation rather than external invasion. Discuss. [2015, 15m]
  • Critically examine various views regarding vadic-Harappan relationships in the light of latest discoveries.[2017,15]
  • “Archaeological evidence does not give direct access to the possible social and political dimensions of the decline of the Harappan civilization. What it does indicate very clearly is that the Harappan culture underwent a gradual process of de-urbanisation”? Comment. [218,15]

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