UPSC History The vedic period - Early vedic period, Later vedic period and sangam period Question Bank Vedic Period/Mahajanapadas/Nandas etc

  • question_answer Which one of the following assemblies was also called Narishta meaning a resolution that cannot be broken?

    A)  Gana                          

    B)  Vidhata           

    C)  Sabha            

    D)  Samiti

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    The Sabha is called Narishta which meant a 'resolution of many' that cannot be broken. It performed the executive functions. In the later Vedic period it lost its importance due to the rise of royal powder. Several tribal or the clan-based assemblies such as the Sabha, Samiti, Vidatha, and Gana are mentioned in the Rigveda. They exercised deliberative, military and religious functions. The vidatha seems to be a more popular assembly than either Sabha or Samiti in the Rigvedic period. The Vidatha was an assembly in which both men and women participated.

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