Topic: Art and culture; Features of Indian society
1) The philosophical and religious currents of thought in Brahmanism and Buddhism gave rise in India to two forms of society strongly opposed. Analyse. (250 Words)
Why this question?
This question has contemporary relevance in the light of ongoing Dalit, Hindutva issues. This question also introduces you to the concept of Brahmanism (different from Brahminism).
Key demand of the question:
Comparison of Brahmanism and Buddhism with more emphasis on their effects on society (don’t focus too much on their philosophy and forms)
Analyse – you should divide body of your answer into Parts – like, impact of these two ideologies on Caste, Occupation, Structure of society etc (use your ingenuity to divide answer into parts based on your understanding)
Structure of Answer:
-Introduction should give hint about their contrasting effect on society
-Body should have parts – 4-5 as mentioned above. Each part must have example.
-You can discuss both Brahmanism and Buddhism within one part (like in Caste) rather than dividing your answer into Brahmanism and Buddhism parts.
-Conclusion – see if you can relate to contemporary divisions in the Indian society and give an insight or new perspective here.