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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 07 March 2015

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07 March  2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

TopicThe Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

1) Which names stand out among the large number of Indians who initiated and carried out the economic analysis of British rule during the years 1870-1905? Analyse how they interpreted colonialism and what impact their analyses had on India’s national movement. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra – Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 7

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

2) Critically examine how did the Press started by prominent Indians both in English and vernacular languages influence the freedom struggle. Also examine how the British reacted to this medium of national awakening. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra – Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 8

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

3) “Legislative Councils in India had no real official power till 1920. Yet, work done in them by the nationalists helped the growth of the national movement.” Examine. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra – Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 9

 

Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

4) An important aspect of the Swadeshi Movement was the great emphasis given to self-reliance or ‘Atmasakti’ as a necessary part of the struggle against the Government. What was the nature of ‘Atmasakti’ and how successful was it in its objective during the movement? Examine. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra – Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter – 10

 

Topic: Effects of globalization on Indian society

5) “The State of the elderly in India: 2014  report serves to highlight the dichotomy between an apparently happy picture of increased longevity and the reality of long years of hopelessness without family, society or state support, which the elderly in India face today.” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

General Studies – 2

 

 TopicIssues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. 

6) Vector-borne disease research in India has remained stagnant for decades owing to administrative apathy and lack of proper policies. In the light of the statements, examine why reviving research in vector-borne diseases is of important for country like India. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

7) Analyse with suitable examples why maintaining friendly relationship with its South Asian neighbours will be good for Indian economy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicGovernment policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation; Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

8) Considering poor socio-economic status of certain minority religious communities, do you think governments should make special provisions such as reservations in jobs and educational institutions? Critically discuss the issue and substantiate your argument.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

9) The recent  investigation into the corporate espionage case has amply demonstrated the extent of penetration of corporate malpractices in institutions of governance. Critically examine its nature and implications for the country. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: Security issues

10) The United States with cooperation from other Western countries is increasingly depending on eliminating top leadership of terrorist organisations as counter-strategy to fight terrorism and weaken those organisations. Do you think this is a sound strategy? Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

 

General Studies – 4

Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world. 

11) “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” – Socrates

Comment on the statement in the light of contemporary developments related to women issues. (150 Words)

General