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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 August 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 August  2016

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General Studies – 1;


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

1) Why was August 15 chosen as India’s Independence Day? Do you think January 26 should have been chosen to celebrate Independence Day? Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

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

2) “Much before the formation of the Indian National Congress or other nationalist organisations, nationalist ideas were expressed and spread through the medium of the press, and that too mostly the Indian language or vernacular press.” Discuss the role played by media in spreading nationalism in pre-independent India. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

3) Recently a private member’s bill to provide for direct election, and empowerment of the office, of mayors in large Indian cities was introduced in Lok Sabha.  Why directly elected mayor system is desirable? What are the challenges in establishing such a system? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

4) Recently, Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of IMF issued a comprehensive critique of the IMF’s role in Europe’s post-2008 crisis. Discuss IEO’s criticisms and lessons for IMF. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy.

5) “The numbers and skill sets of India’s foreign service is woefully out of sync with the global role that the political leadership envisage for the country.” Comment. (200 Words)

Livemint

 

TopicFunctions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein

6) It is argued that Kerala today is losing its tag as one of India’s best developed state. Why? How can this be changed? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 3


TopicEconomic growth and development

7) Discuss the pros and cons of an inflation-targeting monetary policy rule. In your opinion, which system suits India best? Justify. (200 Words)

Livemint


General Studies – 4


Topic: Attitude

8) Is it possible for societies to compromise the current models of development and lifestyle and live a healthy life? In your opinion, what does freedom entail? Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu