[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 12 January 2017
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
Topic: Role of women; Social empowerment;
General Studies – 2
Topic : Pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
3) In the wake of demonetization, the ruling party at the centre has said that any win in upcoming assembly elections would be regarded as referendum in favour of its demonetization policy. Is it fair to consider assembly elections as referendum on certain policy issues? Critically analyse. (200 Words)
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
4) India now finds itself increasingly isolated in continental Asia. Russia and the Central Asian countries are linking their infrastructure to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR). What compelling arguments can be made in favour of India for it to join OBOR initiative? Examine. (200 Words)
Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
5) Various parliamentary committees have contributed immensely to the policy debate in Parliament. However, their work has always been behind closed doors. Do you think their proceedings should be open to the public in the form of televised format? Critically comment. (200 Words)
Topic: Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these; Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive
6) What were the objectives of the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance? Do you think this Ordinance subverts both the primacy of the legislature and the spirit of the Constitution? Critically examine. (200 Words)
Topic: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
7) “A Constitution does not “confer” fundamental rights. It confirms their existence and accords them protection. Above all, the fundamental rights part in the Constitution is a salutary reminder that the powers of the state are not unlimited and that human personality is priceless.” Discuss the significance of this statement. (200 Words)
General Studies – 3
Topic: Infrastructure; Effect of liberalization
General Studies – 4
Topic: Attitude; Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;