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[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 January 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 10 January 2018

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General Studies – 1


Topic:  Salient features of Indian Society; Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

1) The rising rate of crimes against Dalits seems to be driven by rising impunity and changing economic equations in the countryside. Analyse. (250 Words)



General Studies – 2


Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

2) Increasing protectionism in the West and the rise of new digital technologies pose challenges and opportunities for India’s IT services industry. How should India weather these challenges? Examine. (250 Words)



Topic:  Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3) A reconsideration of the flawed verdict in Suresh Kumar Koushal will not only complement Justice K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India judgement, it will also give hope to aspirations of progressive India. Comment. (150 Words)

The Hindu



General Studies – 3


Topic:  Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, 

4) Discuss the potential and challenges of asteroid-mining. (250 Words)

The Wire


Topic:  Agriculture

5) It is argued that, to save agriculture only an overhaul resembling the industrial liberalisation of 1991 will work. Do you agree? Justify why. (250 Words)

The Hindu


Topic:  Conservation

6) What solutions are needed to prevent the growing number of roadkills of protected wildlife in Indian forests? Also discuss why it’s necessary to act urgently. (250 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:    Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;
7) You are  the chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). A movie on LGBT rights comes to CBFC for certification. This movie’s story talks about struggle of two gay boys – one from upper caste and another from lower caste – who are maligned in the society and ostracised.  Majority of the members in CBFC are against the movie as it has many explicit scenes. At the same time, there is an outcry from conservative groups seeking banning of the movie. Even few ministers who hold important portfolios in the union government have expressed their dislike for the movie. They think that the movie will endanger India’s culture. Whereas the director is of the opinion that the movie tries to highlight not on sexuality related issues, but also about other for of discriminations faced by lower caste people. You get phone calls from influential people to deny certificate to this movie. The issue has divided media and public into two opposing groups. 
a) In this situation, what is the course of action you want to pursue? Justify with valid reasons. 
b) Do you think culture is influenced by motion pictures to the extent of endangering it? Critically comment. 
c) Why do you think there exists opposition to such movies? Does it bode well for India? Comment. (300 Words)