Gauhati University 2st Semester Political Science (Major) Question Papers

Gauhati University 2st Semester Political Science (Major) Question Papers


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( Major )
Paper: 2.1
( Political Theory )

Full Marks: 80

Time: 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1. Answer the following as directed: 1X10=10

(a) The “Ruling Elite’ is associated with Marx. ( Write True or False )

(b) Mention one of the methods of ‘direct democracy'.

(c) The Elitist / Pluralist / Marxist theory of democracy is in total opposition to the conception of liberal democracy. [ Choose the correct answer )

(d) Who is the author of the book, The Ruling Class?

(e) Mention one of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goal.

(f) The basis of 'Ideal State’ of Plato is justice/liberty/equality. ( Choose the correct answer )

(g) Mention one feature of ‘neocolonialism’.

(h) Will Kymlicka is associated with multiculturalism. ( Write True or False )

(i) What are the three indicators of RBI?

(j) Mention any one method through which direct democracy is practised.

2. Answer the following questions: 2X5=10

(a) Mention two principles of Marxian theory of democracy.

(b) Write two demerits of multiculturalism.

(c) Who developed ‘trusteeship system' and why?

(d) Give two reasons for the failure of democracy in third world countries.

(e) Mention two demerits of indirect democracy.

3. Write short notes on any four of the following: 5X4=20

(a) Minority rights

(b) Gandhian model of development

(c) Sustainable development

(d) Multiculturalism and social justice

(e) Neocolonialism

(f) Nature of State in the third world countries

4. Answer the following questions: IOX4=40

(a) What do you mean by liberal democracy? Discuss the main features of liberal democracy. 3+7=10
What is the pluralist theory of democracy? Explain the pluralist theory of democracy. 3+7= 10

(b) What do you mean by human development? Discuss the measures to improve human development. 3+7=10
Can the Gandhian model of development be used in real development? Discuss with its merits and demerits.

(c) Discuss the importance of the doctrine of multiculturalism in the present world. 7+3=10
Explain John Rawls’ theory of distributive justice. How is it related to the doctrine of multiculturalism? 7+3=10

(d) What do you mean by the third world? Discuss the differences between third world democracy and Western liberal democracy. 3+7= 10
What is dependency theory? Highlight the views of Andre Gunder Frank in the context of dependency theory. 3+7=10

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( Major )
Paper: 2.2

( Politics in India )

Full Marks: 80
Time : 3 hours

The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions

1.Answer any four of the following: 10X4=4O

(a) Discuss Centre-State relations in India with special reference to administrative aspects.

(b) Examine the growth of the party system in India in the light of changing trends in Indian politics.

(c) Discuss the election system in India with special reference to the role of Election Commission.

(d) Examine the challenges to National Integration and highlight the steps taken by the Government in recent years to meet these challenges.

(e) Discuss the role played by regional parties in Indian politics with special reference to the DMK and the AGP.

(f) What is Casteism? Examine the role of caste in politics with special reference to the rise of caste-based parties.

2. Write short notes on any four of the following: 5X4=20

(a) Communalism

(b) Role of Governor

(c) Coalition politics

(d) Indian National Congress

(e) Proportional representation

(f) Concurrent list

3. Answer any five of the following: 2XS=10

(a) Mention two circumstances under which President’s Rule can be declared ' under Article 365.

(b) What do you understand by the terms ‘unity’ and ‘integrity’ as mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution?

(c) Mention one merit and one demerit of the ‘first-past-the-post’ system of representation.

(d) Mention any two reasons for the rise of terrorism in India.

(e) Mention two reasons for the growth of regional parties in India.

(f) Examine the role of the Rajya Sabha as a legislative body representing the States in India.

(g) Examine briefly the division of financial powers between the Union and the States.

4. Answer the following as directed : IXI0=10

(1) Which of the following political parties is not regarded as a Communist Party in India?
(1) CPI(M)
(ii) CPI
(iii) Samajwadi Party
( Choose the correct option )

(b) Inter-State Council Order was passed in the year
(i) 1950
(ii) 1960
(iii) 1990 ( Choose the correct option )

(c) The'President of India serves as the Head of the Election Commission in India. ( State True or False)

(d) Rajni Kothari has authored the books, Politics in India and Caste in Indian Politics ( State True or False )

(e) The first and only Indian to be appointed as Governor-General of India was —. ( Fill in the blank )

(f) The first non-Congress Prime Minister of India was
(i) Morarji Desai
(ii) Choudhury Charan Singh
(iii) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
( Choose the correct option )

(g) Article I of the Constitution of India says: “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States”.
( State True or False )

(h) In which year were the first General Elections held in India after Independence?
(1) 1947
(ii) 1950
(iii) 1952
( Choose the correct option )

(i) Telugu Desam Party is a regional party
of which State?
(1) Kamataka
(ii) Andhra Pradesh.
(iii) Maharashtra
( Choose the correct option )

(j) Allan Octavian Hume is regarded as the founder of the Indian National Congress. (State True or False )

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