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The impact of colonialism across the world has been significant and far-reaching, affecting virtually every aspect of life in the regions colonized. How does India’s colonial past impact it in the present day?

Topic: History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

1.  The impact of colonialism across the world has been significant and far-reaching, affecting virtually every aspect of life in the regions colonized. How does India’s colonial past impact it in the present day? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu , Insights on India

Why the question:

Colonialism remains a relevant factor in understanding the problems and the dangers of the world in which we live.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about colonialism, its social and economic impact across the world and impact on India’s present,

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Begin by defining colonialism.

Body:

First, write about the social impact of colonialism. Write both the positive and negative impacts witnessed across the world.

Next, write about the economic impact of colonialism. Write about the drain, the deindustrialisation, the economic stagnation as well positive impact of colonial rule.

Next, write about the impact of colonial past on India in the present day – violence and conflict, communalism, and a legacy of inequality etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward to overcome the above.