[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 December 2016

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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 26 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: History of the world – events and their effect on society

1) We are witnessing rise of national-populists across the world. What challenges do they pose to democracy? Critically comment on this rising phenomenon. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 2


Topic:Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

2) The Karnataka government has released draft amendments to the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules of 1961 that would implement 100% reservation for Kannadigas for blue-collar jobs in the private sector. Is it a good policy move? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Livemint

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations.

3) It is said that how India responds to the Rohingya crisis would give a clue to its aspirations as a South Asian power. How and why should India respond to Rohingya crisis? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate

4) Recently, the UN Security Council passed a resolution with a 14-0 majority urging Israel to halt its illegal settlements programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. What is the significance of this resolution? What is the implication of this resolution on Israel – USA relations? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations.

5) Pakistan is facing severe water crisis and it blames India for its water woes and accuses it of “water terrorism.” In this light, critically analyse the causes of Pakistan’s water crisis. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 

6) Ten years ago, the  report of the Sachar Committee, on the social, economic and educational condition of Muslims in India, was tabled in Parliament. Has the condition of muslims improved during these ten years? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic:Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

7) The world faces the prospect of increased terrorist activity in multiple regions of the world, and especially in Europe. Does intensified electronic and physical surveillance of suspected groups or individuals would help reduce these attacks? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 4


Topic: Public service values

8) Why should impartiality and non-pertisanship be considered as foundational values in public services, especially in the present day socio-political context? Illustrate your answer with examples. (150 words)

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