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3 January 2015

Monday’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 12 (i.e. chapter 12)

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General Studies – 1

TopicModern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present– significant events, personalities, issues

1) On October 14, 1956, Babasaheb Ambedkar, along with several hundred thousand “untouchables”, embraced Buddhism. Critically examine the ideological bases and other reasons which convinced Dr Ambedkar to embrace Buddhism. (200 Words)


Topic Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 

2) Critically examine how differently the British and the nationalist sources analysed the 1857 sepoy revolt. (200 Words)


General Studies – 2

TopicAppointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various
Constitutional Bodies.

3) The institution of the governor has been sidelined in the administering of tribal areas despite clear constitutional guidelines to the contrary. In the light of some of recent related events, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)


TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations.

4) Year 2000 was pivotal in the relationship between India and Russia. Examine why and also throw light on how relationship between two countries has evolved since then. (200 Words)


Topicmechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections. 

5) Recently he Supreme Court ruled that conducting a caste-based census is against the law. Examine why. Also comment on suggestions made by some scholars that caste bases census is necessary for ensuring social justice to the scheduled caste members. (200 Words)


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

6) Critically discuss the need for  making the right to health a fundamental right in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Down to Earth

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health

7) Critically analyse the important provisions of the draft National Health Policy 2015 that was unveiled recently by the union government. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

Topiceconomics of animal-rearing

8) Forced by declining returns from farming in ecologically fragile areas, small farmers have been taking to goat rearing. Today, goats ensure income to five million households in India. Critically examine the merits and demerits of this shift. (200 Words)

Down to Earth (Though old article, it’s related to this New Article)

TopicRole of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security

9) “The terrorist violence in Pakistan can be traced to the tight U.S. security embrace of the Cold War days, which gave birth to several “mujahideen” groups that have turned into Frankenstein’s monsters post-9/11.” Elaborate. (200 Words)


General Studies – 4

TopicProbity in Governance;  Right to Information

10) Critically examine the relationship between citizen’s right to information and probity in governance. Also examine how does information empower common man. (200 Words)

General Question