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[ Day 9 – Synopsis ] 75 Days Mains Revision Plan 2023 – World History & Ethics

 

World History


 

Q1. How did the Chinese Revolution shape China’s relations with other countries and its position on the global stage? (15M)

Introduction

The Chinese Revolution refers to a series of political and social transformations that occurred in China during the 20th century. It was marked by significant events such as the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, the Chinese Civil War between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang), and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949.

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Impact of Chinese revolution in shaping China’s relations with other countries:

  • Cold War Dynamics: The Chinese Revolution occurred during the Cold War, and China emerged as a major player in the global ideological and geopolitical struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union.
    • Initially, China aligned closely with the Soviet Union, leading to strained relations with Western powers, particularly the United States. This alignment influenced China’s foreign policy and its position as a communist power in the global arena.
  • Anti-Imperialism and Support for Revolution: The Chinese Revolution inspired and supported revolutionary movements in other countries, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. China positioned itself as a champion of anti-imperialism and supported national liberation struggles against colonial powers.
    • g. Korean and Vietnam war.
  • Sino-Soviet Split: Differences in ideology and national interests led to a significant split between China and the Soviet Union in the China criticized the Soviet Union for deviating from true Marxist-Leninist principles and accused it of revisionism.
    • Hereafter, China sought to establish itself as a leader of an independent communist bloc, distinct from the Soviet sphere of influence.
  • Isolation and Limited Diplomatic Engagement: Following the Sino-Soviet split, China experienced a period of isolation and limited diplomatic engagement with many countries.
    • The ideological and geopolitical conflicts of the Cold War, combined with China’s own domestic challenges, resulted in strained relations with the international community.
  • Opening to the West: In the late 1970s, under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, China initiated economic reforms and an opening to the Western world. This shift led to improved relations with many countries, including the United States, as China embraced market-oriented reforms and sought foreign investment and technological assistance.

 

Role of Chinese revolution in positioning China on global stage:

  • Economic Growth and Global Influence: The Chinese Revolution set the stage for China’s remarkable economic growth over the past few decades. As China emerged as the world’s second-largest economy, its economic clout and global influence expanded significantly, enabling it to engage with other countries on a more equal footing and shape international economic and political dynamics. E.g. BRI initiative.
  • Territorial Disputes: China’s territorial claims, particularly in the South China Sea and East China Sea, have strained its relations with neighbouring countries, including Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, and others.
    • These disputes have influenced regional dynamics and led to increased tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Cultural soft power: Chinese revolution and subsequent developments have also contributed to its cultural influence on the global stage. Chinese cinema, art, cuisine, and traditional practices have gained international recognition and popularity.

 

Conclusion

Chinese revolution established the CCP’s political power, fostered a sense of nationalism and anti-imperialism, and led to the implementation of economic reforms that transformed China into a global economic powerhouse. China’s rise has had significant implications for its diplomatic influence, military capabilities, and cultural soft power, cementing its status as a major player in international affairs.

 

Q2. Enumerate the major challenges faced by African and Latin American nations during the process of decolonization? (10M)

Introduction

Decolonization is a process by which colonies become independent of the colonizing country. Decolonization occurred in response to independence movements in colonized territories when European powers determined that the benefits of maintaining colonies were not worth the costs. During the process of decolonization, African and Latin American nations faced significant challenges as they sought to gain independence from colonial powers.

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Major challenges faced by African and Latin American nations during the process of decolonisation:

  • Conflict and civil war – For example After eight years of brutal civil war between French settlers, Algerian nationalists, Islamic insurgents and the French Army, the French President granted full independence to Algeria in 1962 in order to avoid civil war back at home.
  • Political upheavals post decolonisation
    • Inexperienced leadership: At Independence, there were several presidents, like Jomo Kenyatta, had several decades of political experience, but others, like Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere had entered the political fray just years before independence. There was also a distinct lack of trained and experienced civil leadership.
    • Border Disputes: The arbitrary nature of colonial borders left many African and Latin American countries with unresolved border issues, leading to tensions and conflicts with neighbouring countries.
      • The border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea in Africa and the territorial disputes between Argentina and Chile over the Beagle Channel in Latin America are examples
    • External Interference: During the decolonization process, external actors often intervened in the affairs of newly independent nations. This interference, driven by political, economic, and strategic interests, posed challenges to their sovereignty and hindered their progress toward self-determination.
      • For example, the United States’ intervention in Latin American countries during the Cold War era and France’s intervention in its former African colonies.
    • Economic problems – These newly independent countries often relied on only one or two commodities for export. This led to a disaster when the prices of these products fell.
      • Rise of Neo colonialism:Despite gaining political independence, African and Latin American nations often faced economic exploitation from external actors. In Africa, the extraction of diamonds in Sierra Leone and the control of copper mines in Zambia by foreign companies are illustrative examples.
    • Lack of Infrastructure and Education: Under colonial rule, investment in infrastructure and education was often limited. Newly independent African and Latin American nations faced the challenge of building or improving basic infrastructure, such as roads, schools, hospitals, and communication networks.
      • For instance, countries like Ghana and Nigeria.
    • Socio-cultural issues
      • Racial conflicts continued:For instance, in South Africa the whites dominated the politics and the economic life of the new state. Blacks were not even allowed to vote. Even though blacks made up the majority of the population they were discriminated very badly.

Conclusion

These challenges varied across different countries and regions, but they reflect the complexities and struggles faced by African and Latin American nations. Decolonization process was a challenging one but the countries have learnt a lot from their struggles. This is the reason that today focus has turned towards the third world nations for global matters.

 


Ethics


Syllabus: “Role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.”

Q3. How can ‘Artificial Intelligence’ tools such as ChatGPT impact the moral development of children? Analyse (10M)

Introduction:

Moral development involves the formation of a moral compass that influences one’s behavior, interactions, and perceptions of right and wrong. Traditionally this role was done by family, society, and educational institutions, this has changed with AI.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, such as ChatGPT, have introduced new dimensions to this process.

  • Bias and fairness: AI tools can inadvertently perpetuate biases present in the data. Amazon built an AI-based tool to recruit candidates, it reflected the bias in data and selected majority male candidates.
  • Honesty and academic Integrity: Many students are using AI to cheat in their homework and assignments. This might impact the perception of honesty among children.
  • Empathy and Social skills: Majority of children aged 9 to 13 already spend an average of more than 3 hours per day on gaming. With the introduction of AI chatbots this screen time would only increase leading to lack of social time.
  • Negative impact emotional well-being: by providing content that may be harmful or triggering. An experimental healthcare chatbot, employing OpenAI’s GPT-3, misbehaved and suggested that a patient commit suicide.
  • Cultural sensitivity: AI language models can generate offensive or culturally insensitive content. For example, Microsoft launched a twitter chatbot called TAY , but other users trained it to make racist and derogatory remarks.
  • Unsupervised learning and lack of ethical decisionmaking: AI are bad at quick decision making. An Uber self-driving experiment was called off after the self-driving car killed a pedestrian.

But not all is bad about AI. AI can also help in various ways such as,

  • Enhanced learning experiences and digital literacy: AI-powered educational platforms using AR and VR can personalize learning experiences, catering to each child’s unique needs and abilities.
  • Access to diverse perspectives: AI tools can provide access to a wealth of information and perspectives from around the world. This can broaden children’s mindset and promote empathy.
  • Induce critical thinking: Interacting with social robots, like Roybi Robot, presents children with hypothetical situations and questions, encouraging them to think critically.
  • Cognitive support: Children can learn a lot from ChatGPT, including skills related to sport, music, languages, reading and writing, and use their free time to concentrate on their other interests.

Conclusion:

By addressing these concerns and promoting responsible AI practices, we can ensure that AI technologies contribute positively to the holistic development of children’s values and ethics.


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