Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
2) Discuss the origin of Tantrism and nature of its influence of both Hinduism and Buddhism. (250 Words)
Why this question?
It is in our list of static topics. Any question related to Buddhism is important from exam (prelims and mains) point of view. Also, it’s good to learn about these concepts – enriches your knowledge and who knows when and where you might use it!
Key demand of the question:
It’s a direct question where you should write about origin and impact of Tantrism (or Tantricism) on Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s a factual questions where you need to present facts as they are.
Discuss – Firstly, discuss important aspects of origin. Secondly discuss (categorise into Hinduism and Buddhism, within which you can write categories such as influence on Rituals, Art etc) As it’s discuss, you may write about impact of tantrism on contemporary rituals as well.
Structure of Answer:
In the introduction, write about significance of Tantricism in defining Hinduism and affecting Buddhist tradition (Vajrayana).
In the body, in TWO mains parts, discuss origin and impact.
In the conclusion, you may write how tantricism has not only influenced Hinduism and Buddhism, but has also affected Jainism.