Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day 11

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-11 (30/07/2013) 1) What is malnutrition and undernourishment? Why is India according to some reports, in spite of surplus food grain production, home to a large number of stunted, wasted and underweight children in the world?  Explain. (300 Words) 2)“In the post-independence India, the myth of Balkanization was belied by the peaceful reorganization …

Speaking Volumes: The intellectual poverty line

Intellectual Poverty Line – good take on India’s lack of interest in creating cultural capital in its cities. Our cities neither feed the people living below the ‘poverty line’ nor the ones hungry for intellectual space. Indian cities have become dens for all types of garbage – hypocrisy, corruption, philistinism and politicians.

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day 10

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-10 (29/07/2013) 1) In the light of WGEEP report and HLWG report on Western Ghats, discuss the major recommendations and their implications – if implemented – on the stakeholders of the region. 2)“In the Indian context, sustainable development and urbanization are antithetical to each other”. Comment. RESPONSES: cppcontrol July 29, 2013 at 12:40 …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 9

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-9 (29/07/2013) 1) “The so called ’empowerment’ of women in the local bodies has increased their numerical strength but the real reform lies in creating an enabling environment to unlock their potential as catalysts for socio-political change” Critically comment. 2)”In Britain, empire was justified as a benevolent ‘white man’s burden’. And in the …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 8

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-8 (27/07/2013) 1) In India, despite consistent economic planning and robust economic growth in recent years, there is a consistent increase in economic inequality. Explain why? 2) ”Global warming and a race for resources could spark a new ‘cold war’ in the Arctic”. Critically analyze. RESPONSES: Keerthi Narayan 1. In the the last …

2014 UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Will Be Held On 24th August 2014

Now that is a huge departure both for UPSC and lakhs of IAS aspirants. In a ‘surprising’ move, UPSC, in the just released timetable of examinations published for the year 2014, has allotted 24th August 2014 as the Date for 2014 Civil Services Preliminary examination. Earlier, except in 2011, Preliminary exams were conducted in late …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 7

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-7 (26/07/2013) 1) ASER findings have exposed serious shortcomings in the quality of education provided to our children in spite of SSA and RTE implementation. What measures do you suggest to overcome these shortcomings? Discuss. 2) Why did India sign the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage and what were its consequences? Analyze …

Which Laptop Or Netbook Is Best For Study Purpose For UPSC Exams Aspirants?

These days, search for a piece of information often ends with googling it on Google. For a serious IAS aspirant, knowing more and better about latest developments happening around the world in various fields is a sine qua non if he/she has to score well in the exam. Internet is indispensable if an aspirant wants …

Justice – What Is The Right Thing To Do? Episode – 12 (Final), By Michael Sandel

Michael J. Sandel (born March 5, 1953) is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course ‘Justice’, which is available to view online, and for his critique of John Rawls‘ A Theory of Justice in his first book, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982). The video below would help a UPSC aspirant in dealing …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge – Day -4

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY -4 (23/07/2013) 8) “With the disintegration of USSR and an end to the cold war, the international diplomacy took a new turn”. Critically examine. 9) The latest census shows us declining sex-ratio in some of the states states – Discuss the socio-cultural factors contributing to this disturbing trend. RESPONSES: ANJALI MOTGHARE …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 3

QUESTIONS ASKED – DAY-3 (22/07/2013) 1) During the Indian national movement for freedom, constructive work played an important role in Gandhian strategy. Discuss its nature and outcome. 2) “She is a goddess to millions yet helpless on the streets. The solution is in the mindset not laws”. Discuss. RESPONSES: LAKSHMI PRASANNA 1. Gandhian constructive programme …

Justice – What Is The Right Thing To Do? Episode -11, By Michael Sandel

Michael J. Sandel (born March 5, 1953) is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course ‘Justice’, which is available to view online, and for his critique of John Rawls‘ A Theory of Justice in his first book, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982). The video below would help a UPSC aspirant in dealing …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day- 2

QUESTIONS ASKED -DAY-2 ( 21/07/2013) 1) “The growth of the Indian economic class in the colonial period was substantial that too in spite of and in opposition to colonialism” Comment. 2) ” The changing bilateral equations between India and Japan reflects the increasing importance of India to the Asia-Pacific region”. Critically Analyze. RESPONSES: Keerti Narayan 1. …