The Big Picture – 14th Finance Commission: Breaking new path?

Summary: The fourteenth finance commission’s report has been released. The most important recommendation is to raise the devolution of state’s share of tax revenue to 42% from the existing 32% at 10% hike. This is being seen as an important step towards the government’s promise of taking the country towards the path of cooperative federalism. …

[HINDI MEDIUM] Insights Secure – 2015: Questions on Current Events, 03 March 2015

                              Archives – Hindi Archives – English Translated By: Praveen Kurre   03 March  2015      General Studies – 1;     सिलेबस : 18 वीं सदी के लगभग मध्य से लेकर वर्तमान समय तक का आधुनिक भारतीय इतिहास-महत्वपूर्ण घटनाएँ, व्यक्तित्व, विषय। 1) सिपाहियों का …

The Big Picture – Rail Budget: Is it on new tracks?

Summary: The first railway budget of the new government and the new railway minister was presented recently. The budget tries to turn around the railways, which is reeling under losses and many other problems now. The ambitious projections, including 8.5 lac crore investments in the next five years, have received mixed responses. Announcing of new …

The Big Picture – Land Acquisition Bill: What is the opposition?

http://youtu.be/NKpg-KGslAw Summary: Opposition parties in the parliament are opposing the Land Acquisition Bill in the present form and are demanding some changes. They say that the bill is Anti farmer. Coming under such huge pressure, the government has finally agreed to amend the bill and bring in some changes. But the stalemate over the issue …

[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 03 March 2015

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11) Enumerate the Civil service values that a civil servant should follow in day to day administration. Do you think civil services are lacking in values? Discuss with examples. (200 Words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: 11)  Enumerate the Civil service values that a civil servant should follow in day to day administration. Do you think civil services are lacking in values? Discuss with examples. (200 Words) Reference

10) In the light of recent reports of government’s thrust on ‘Mane in India’ campaign and some pressing problems being faced by the navy and army, critically comment on India’s defence budget and its performance in recent years.

  Topic: Government Budgeting; indigenization of technology ; Security challenges 10) In the light of recent reports of government’s thrust on ‘Mane in India’ campaign and some pressing problems being faced by the navy and army, critically comment on India’s defence budget and its performance in recent years. (200 Words) Business Standard

9) It is said that most industrial projects in India, which are either stalled or cancelled, is due to land acquisition problem in India. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically examine.

Topic:Land reforms in India.  Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 9) It is said that most industrial projects in India, which are either stalled or cancelled, is due to land acquisition problem in India. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically examine. (200 Words) Business …

8) Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the union government signed Monetary Policy Framework Agreement between them which is hailed as historic. Examine its highlights and this pact’s importance to Indian economy.

Topic: Indian Economy 8) Recently the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the union government signed Monetary Policy Framework Agreement between them which is hailed as historic. Examine its highlights and this pact’s importance to Indian economy. (200 Words) The Indian Express The Hindu

6) “The nature of the turbulence on India’s northwestern frontiers today is comparable to the developments in 1979-80 in India’s western neighbourhood.” What were these developments and what effects they had on the region? Critically comment on strategy followed by India in dealing with present turbulence in the region.

Topic:India and its neighborhood- relations 6) “The nature of the turbulence on India’s northwestern frontiers today is comparable to the developments in 1979-80 in India’s western neighbourhood.” What were these developments and what effects they had on the region? Critically comment on strategy  followed by India in dealing with present turbulence in the region. (200 …

5) “The war against radical Islamic militancy is not West’s fight. It is a struggle among Muslims for the soul and the future of the Muslim world. In the end, only Muslims can determine the outcome.” Do you agree with this view? Should the West, or India, leave issues such as rise of ISIS, Al Qaeda and Taliban to Muslim world to deal with themselves? Critically comment.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests 5) “The war against radical Islamic militancy is not West’s fight. It is a struggle among Muslims for the soul and the future of the Muslim world. In the end, only Muslims can determine the outcome.” Do you agree with this view? Should …

4) “The poor health of children and pregnant women in India, even after decades of robust economic growth, is one of the world’s most perplexing public health issues.” Critically discuss the magnitude and causes of this problem and why government interventions have failed to address this issue.

Topic: Issues relating to poverty and hunger 4) “The poor health of children and pregnant women in India, even after decades of robust economic growth, is one of the world’s most perplexing public health issues.” Critically discuss the magnitude and causes of this problem and why government interventions have failed to address this issue. (200 Words) …

3) The most militant and widespread of the peasant movements was the Indigo Revolt of 1859-60. Did it succeed in its objectives? If so, how? Examine.

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 3) The most militant and widespread of the peasant movements was the Indigo Revolt of 1859-60. Did it succeed in its objectives? If so, how? Examine. (200 Words) India’s Struggle for Independence, Chapter 3

2) Critically examine how did British colonialism affect tribal way of life and their relationship with the forests in the nineteenth century. How did tribals react to this and with what consequences? Examine.

Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 2) Critically examine how did British colonialism affect tribal way of life and their relationship with the forests in the nineteenth century. How did tribals react to this and with what consequences? Examine. (200 Words) India’s Struggle …

1) The Revolt of the sepoys was accompanied by a rebellion of the civil population, particularly in the North Western Provinces and Oudh, the two areas from which the sepoys of the Bengal army were recruited. Comment on the reasons which prompted civil population to rebel during the 1857 Revolt.

Topic:Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues 1) The Revolt of the sepoys was accompanied by a rebellion of the civil population, particularly in the North Western Provinces and Oudh, the two areas from which the sepoys of the Bengal army were recruited. Comment …