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What were the factors behind rise of feudalism in ancient India? Evaluate its impact on the Indian socio-political set up.

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. What were the factors behind rise of feudalism in ancient India? Evaluate its impact on the Indian socio-political set up. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: wikipedia.orgTimes of India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about factors for rise of feudalism in India and its impact.

Directive word:

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 evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining feudalism.

Body:

First, write about the major factors for rise of feudalism in India – declining central authority, land grants, powerful feudatories, grant of police powers etc.

Next, write about how feudalism impact the India polity and the society.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.