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Evaluate the impact of Central Asian contacts in moulding socio-cultural, political and economic life of ancient Indian society.

Topic:  Indian Culture will cover the salient aspects of Art forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Evaluate the impact of Central Asian contacts in moulding socio-cultural, political and economic life of ancient Indian society. (250 words)

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Why this question:

The question is to examine the impact of central Asian contacts on the Indian society.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the impact of central Asian contacts, their impact and effect on the Indian society from past to present.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain that Central Asian contacts led to the fusion of native culture with foreign culture which had impacts in all spheres of life such as moulding socio-cultural, political and economic lives.

Body:

In detail explain the impact of various features that affected our culture – Art, literature, architecture, pottery, Societal tensions and religion etc.

Discuss the political impact – the idea of Feudalism, kinship, clans etc.

Then explain the impact on economic life – New trade routes, introduction of gold coins, agriculture etc.

Conclusion:

With the entry of the foreigners intimate contacts were established between Central Asia and India. These foreign elements were later Indianized and thus enriching the native culture and society in myriad ways.