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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 06 April 2015

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06 April 2015

 

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General Studies – 1;

 

Topicurbanization, their problems and their remedies.

1) The construction dust is now considered as a major health hazard to the public by health experts. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

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

2) What were the objectives of the Individual Satyagraha that Gandhiji launched in 1940 and why was it launched? Was it successful? Critically evaluate. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter 34

 

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

3) Critically examine why had it become necessary to launch Quit India movement in difficult conditions that prevailed at that time, when the possibility of brutal repression by the British was a certainty. (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter 35

 

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

4) The agitation launched by the Congress post the capture of Indian National Army soldiers in 1945 is considered as landmark on many counts. Examine why.  (200 Words)

Bipan Chandra, Struggle for India’s Independence, Chapter 36

 

General Studies – 2

TopicIndian Constitution- features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

5) “In a democracy, political memory—and the building of memorials and monuments is a part of that—should rest with citizens and not governments.” Do you think governments should stop spending money on building memorials and statues? Does this affect rights of citizens? Critically comment. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicImportant aspects of governance, transparency and accountability; 

6) “Governance has become tied to democracy, with the public sphere becoming crucial and public policy a critical field.” What do you understand by ‘public policy’? Critically examine the nature of public policy in India and the factors that have influence its formulation. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

General Studies – 3

 

Topic: changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

7) In an effort to support micro and small industries, the Union government is planning to setup the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (Mudra) Bank. Do you think there is necessity to set-up such bank? Substantiate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

 

Topic: Infrastructure – Waterways

8) Explain  the advantages of solar power over other renewable sources.  Also examine why the cost of solar energy output is decreasing and what it means to mitigation of climate change efforts. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

General Studies – 4

Topic:  Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

9) “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” – John F Kennedy.

If a democratically elected leader asks you to volunteer and give up some part of your wealth for the welfare of the poor,  provided you are rich, will you give it up? Justify and also examine if such volunteerism has any ethical basis. (200 Words)

Livemint