Chapter 1

NCERT
Class 9
History
Solutions
1. Describe the persons represented in the given figure 12– their actions, their postures, the objects they are carrying. Look carefully to see whether all of them come from the same social group. What symbols has the artist included in the image?

Question:

Describe the persons represented in the given figure 12– their actions, their postures, the objects they are carrying. Look carefully to see whether all of them come from the same social group. What symbols has the artist included in the image? What do they stand for? Do the actions of the women reflect traditional ideas of how women were expected to behave in public? What do you think: does the artist sympathise with the women’s activities or is he critical of them? Discuss your views in the class.

Answer:

In the given figure, they are all women and belong to the underprivileged section. The agricultural equipment in their hands indicated that they all are peasants. Their clothes also indicate their poverty. Here, one woman is holding a symbol of justice which depicts that they are striving for it. The women on the horse symbolise power and strength and the drums symbolise that they are proclaiming their march. The actions of the women do not reflect traditional ideas of how women were expected to behave in public. Yes, the artist sympathises with these underprivileged women.

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