RELG 380: Take-Home Midterm Exam
Please write a 750-1000 word essay on each of the following questions:
Dirks argues that caste in India is a modern
phenomenon, a product of the historical encounter of India and Western colonial
rule. Develop your own evaluation
of this claim. Be sure to summarize
Dirks position clearly and include your thoughts on how GandhiÕs and AmbedkarÕs attitudes towards caste do or do not support
Develop your thoughts on the role of Hinduism in
GoraÕs notion and dedication to Bharatvarsha. In the process, compare Gora in this
respect to Poreshbabu. Finally, discuss how GoraÕs perspective
changes when he learns that he was not born a Hindu.
3. In the voice of Mohandas Gandhi, write a critical reaction to the central message of TagoreÕs Gora.