CBSE Class 10 English Communicative SA 1 2011 (5). Students can download the last year question papers using the link below. Free download of examination question papers with solutions. Last 10 year question papers should be practised to get better marks in examinations.
(Reading - 20 Marks)
1. Read the following passage carefully :
It is well known now that addressing the problem of climate change requires lifestyle changes. Some solutions might be difficult but others are not so. Consider handicrafts for example. A range of jute products-hand bags, files, office bags, table cloth and decorative wall hangings-can replace many utility and decorative pieces produced in factories. Utility and decorative items made by skilled artisans using bamboo, different kinds of grass and leaves are equally graceful and artistic.
Most states in India have hundreds of such biodegradable handicraft items. The classic Odissi paintings from Orissa, the delicate wood work of Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, the bamboo products from the northeast, the fine metal work from Tamil Nadu and Karntaka, Aranmula Kannaadi art work of Kerala, terracotta and Kalighat paintings from West Bengal, the chikankari work of Uttar Pradesh, the Madhubani paintings from Bihar, miniature paintings from Bundi the Batua craft of Bhopal and the Kangra paintings from Himachal Pradesh are some examples of India's thriving craft traditions. Such a rich legacy, notwithstanding. India's share in global handicraft market is only 2 per cent. The country's Export Promotion Council is alive to such concerns. It has pegged the handicrafts export target at Rs. 25,000 crore per annum by 2010.On the face of it, the target does not seem unrealistic. Eco-friendly products are regarded savvy in the West and the developed world. This could work to the benefit of India's more than five million artisans provided we have the right policy. But nurturing age - old skill amid commercialization might not be easy. Selling handicrafts is easy but preserving the age - old skill is difficult. History is testimony to that fact the mass production is inimical to the artisan's skill.
The market too demands diversity. But in the mad rush to produce for the market, the artisan does not get the time and support for quality and innovation. The design of mass produced items has been watered down or averaged to a level where idiosyncrasy has almost disappeared, and often is not valued. Artisanal production is contingent on moment - by - moment decisions, on innovations. Inmodern times this has given way to rules, standards and procedures. So a number of artisans have lost the ability to create unique pieces in response to varying needs.The government must identify senior artisans and give them the wherewithal and the time to bring innovation
(a) Use of eco-friendly goods can bring about :
(i) change in life - style of people.
(ii) degradation of climate.
(iii) problems in one's life.
(iv) comfort in one's life.
(b) India's Handicraft export target doesn't seem unrealistic because :
(i) India has more than five million artisans.
(ii) we have the right policies to nurture the age old skill.
(iii) eco - friendly products are quite popular in the west and developed countries.
(iv) India contributes 2 percent in global handicraft.
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