Gauhati University Question Papers
(Indian Philosophy)
Full Marks: 80
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Answer either in English or Assamese
The figures in the margin indicate full marks for the questions
1. Answer the following questions/Choose the correct answer/Fill in the blank:                                                 1x10=10
a)         What is the meaning of Nastika?
b)         Pleasure is the highest end of human life according to Carbaka. Is this true?
c)          What is the root cause of suffering according to Buddha?
d)         Does Carvaka Philosophy accept naturalism?
e)         What are the two branches of Buddhist Philosophy?
f)          Jaina metaphysical theory is called _____.
g)         Carvaka does not accept either as the basic element of the world. Is this true?
h)         Does Buddha Philosophy believe God?
i)           Jaina Philosophy is Astika/Nastika.
j)           How many Margas or Pathas are there in the Fourth Nobel Truths of Buddha?
2. Give short answers:                                   2x5=10
a)         What are Nastika systems?
b)         What is the meaning of Upadhises Nirvana?
c)          What is Vyapti?
d)         Does Carvaka accept Testimony (sabda) as source of valid knowledge? Give two reasons.
e)         What are the Astangika Margas of Buddha Philosophy?
3. Write on/Answer the following (any four):                                      5x4=20
a)         Jaina’s seven forms of judgement.
b)         The theory of Pratityasamutpada in Buddha Philosophy.
c)          Critically examine Carvaka view of inference.
d)         Write the difference between Astika and Nastika Philosophy.
e)         What are the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism? Discuss.
4. Answer any four:                                        10x4=40
a)         Explain the essential points of Upanisadic Philosophy.
b)         Discuss Carvaka’s view of materialism.
c)          Explain Jaina theory of Anekantavada.
d)         Discuss Buddhist theory of non-existence of Soul.
e)         Explain Carvaka’s theory of knowledge.
f)          Discuss Buddha’s concept of Nirvana.
g)         Explain the Astika-Nastika dichotomy in Indian Philosophy.


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