CLAT Common Law Admission Test Solved Paper 2011 – English, Aptitude Part 5

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Directions (Q. Nos. 31 to 40) Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions following that.

  • In recent weeks, the writers William Dalrymple and Patrick French, among others, have come before a fusillade of criticism in India, much of it questioning not their facts, not their interpretations, but their foreignness.

  • “Who gets to write about India?” The Wall Street Journal asked on Wednesday in its own report on this Indian literary feuding. It is a complicated question, not least because to decide who gets to write about India, you would need to decide who gets to write about India. Rather than conjecturing some Committee the Deciding of Who Gets to Write About India, it might be easier to let writers write what they please and readers read what they wish.

  • The accusations pouring forth from a section of the Indian commentariat are varied. Some criticism is of a genuine literary nature, fair game, customary, expected. But lately a good amount of the reproaching has been about identity.

  • In the case of Mr. Dalrymple, a Briton who lives in New Delhi, it is in the critics’ view that his writing is an act of re-colonization. In the case of Mr. French, it is that he belongs to a group of foreign writers who use business class lounges and see some merit in capitalism and therefore do not know the real India, which only the commentariat member in question does.

  • What is most interesting about these appraisals is that their essential nature makes reading the book superfluous, as one of my Indian reviewers openly admitted. (His review was not about the book but about his refusal to read the book). The book is not necessary in these cases, for the argument is about who can write about India, not what has been written. For critics of this persuasion, India surely seems a lonely land. A country with a millennial history of Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists living peaceably together; a country of hundreds of dialects in which so many Indians are linguistics foreigners to each other, and happily, tolerantly so; a country that welcomes foreign seekers (of yoga poses, of spiritual wisdom, of ancestral roots) with open arms; a country where outside the elite world of south Delhi and South Bombay, I have not heard an Indian ask whether outsides have a right to write, think or exits on their soil.

  • But it is not just this deep in the bones pluralism that challenges the who gets to write about Indian contingent. It is also that at the very heart of India’s multifarious changes today is this glimmering idea; that Indians must be rewarded for what they do, not who they are.

  • Identities you never chose caste, gender, birth order are becoming less important determinants of fate. Your deeds how hard you work, what risks you that are becoming more important.

  • It is this idea, which I have found pulsating throughout the Indian layers, which leaves a certain portion of the intelligentsia out of sync with the surrounding country. As Mr. French has observed, there is a tendency in some of these writers to value social mobility only for themselves. When the new economy lifts up the handled masses, then it becomes tawdry capitalism and rapacious imperialism and soulless globalization.

  • Fortunately for those without Indian passports, the nativists’ vision of India is demographic siege. The young and the relentless are India’s future.

  • They could not think more differently from these literates. They savor the freedom they are gaining to seek their own level in the society and to find their voice; and they tend to be delighted at the thought that some foreigners do the same in India and love their country as much as they do.

31. Which of the following statements is least likely to be inferred from the passage

(a) Younger generations of Indians are more tolerant of foreign scribes who write about their country

(b) The writer believes that a section of Indian intelligentsia is very hostile to upward economic mobility

(c) Mr. William Dalrymple has been accused of recolonizing India through his writings

(d) Most of the criticism that has been recently directed at Patrick French has emphasized on the writer’s underwhelming literary style

Ans: (a)

32. Which of the following would be the best substitute for the word, ‘fusillade’ in the passage?

(a) Barrage

(b) Breach

(c) Temper

(d) Row

Ans: (a)

33. The writer uses the phrase, ‘who-gets-to-write-about-India contingent’ in this passage to refer to

(a) Foreign writers who have written books on India

(b) Critics who have attacked foreign writers writing on India for their mere foreignness

(c) Elite residents of South Delhi and South Bombay

(d) Cultural pluralists

Ans: (b)

34. The writer believes that the most peculiar aspects the criticisms that Patrick French and William Dalrymple have received is that

(a) Most such condemnation has emerged from elite Indians

(b) Such critics are hostile to upward immobility

(c) These censures are not centered on the books of such writers or their literary styles but are targeted at their identity instead

(d) These critics ignore the plural ethos of India

Ans: (d)

35. Which of the following statements can be inferred from the passage?

(a) Ascriptive identities like casts, tribe, etc. are becoming more important with the passage of time

(b) Patrick French believes that the new market friendly economic policies followed for the last decades have resulted in the rise of tawdry capitalism and rapacious imperialism

(c) The writer is of the opinion that a section of the intelligentsia is divorced from the views of their compatriots

(d) While India has historically been very hospitable to a variety of religious, it has not been equally open to linguistic foreigners

Ans: (b)

36. According to the information available in the passage, the writer is of the opinion that

(a) Writers like Patrick French do not know the real India

(b) Most of the condemnation heaped on Dalrymple, French and himself has been on expected lines

(c) India’s reputation of pluralism is cosmetic at best, one that hides deep rooted hatred towards foreigners

(d) The new generation of Indians have internalized the idea that people should be rewarded for what they do and not who they are

Ans: (c)

37. The writer refers to the history of Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists living peaceably together in India for millions of years to

(a) Show India’s openness to foreigners who have visited Indian in the quest for yoga

(b) Argue that India is a country of hundreds of dialects

(c) Demonstrate the religiosity pervading in an average Indian

(d) India’s deep-in the bones pluralism

Ans: (d)