7) Examine how will raising the foreign investment cap on print media from the present 26% to 49% affect print media in India.

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6) Is radicalization in Kashmir linked to lack of development? Critically discuss the causes

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5) Critically comment on US government’s visa policy against Indian companies and workers.

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4) “The state legislature does not function under the Governor. In sum and substance, the Governor just cannot act as the Ombudsman of the state legislature.” In the light of recent controversies involving governor and state legislatures, critically comment on the statement.

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3) “..the central banks should always act in a predictable way and never surprise the markets.” Do you think there should be predictability in monetary policy? Comment.

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2) Discuss the significance of recent unanimous ruling of an international tribunal at The Hague that China has no legal basis for much of its claims on the South China Sea

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1) “Globalisation is not really the devil. If the EU arrangement had been restricted only to free movement of goods, services, capital and funds, it could not have led to any deep resentment.” Comment.

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Insights Revision Plan for Prelims 2016: Test – 36

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Insights Daily Debates, Day – 242: A War Can Settle South China Sea Crisis

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Insights Daily Current Events, 13 June 2016

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9) In the light of Chilcot report, critically examine what lessons should governments around the world learn in international relations.

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8) How effective would an additional green tax or cess be in furthering environmental protection in India? Critically analyse.

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7) By far the biggest reform of 1991 was industrial delicensing. Did this reform unleash the industrial sector in a big way? Critically examine.

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6) Recently Kerala government introduced ‘fat tax’ on certain calorie-rich food items such as pizzas, doughnuts and pasta. What is the objective of this tax? Critically comment on the purpose of this tax.

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5) “Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin offers far more interesting applications in the field of governance.” Discuss.

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4) Post Brexit referendum in Britain, it is said that the European Union is on the verge of disintegration. To prevent collapse, what exceptional measures should European leaders take? Critically examine.

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3) Should India compete with China to gain upper hand in Africa? What kind of relationship should India build with African countries? Critically comment.

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2) There is increasing concern about women’s safety in cities over the past few years. How can technology be used to ensure safety of women in cities? Examine.

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