Insights into Editorial: Is the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery fair?

Insights into Editorial: Is the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery fair?   Context: The sharing of waters of the Kaveri River has been the source of a serious conflict between the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Recently Supreme Court pronounced its verdict in Cauvery river water dispute. While the Supreme Court awarded additional 14.75 TMC of Cauvery water to Karnataka, it reduced …

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 February 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 27 February 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  LIST of TOPICS (Static) General Studies – 1   Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, …

6) As per the Indian Constitution, it is  the duty of each citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform. Yet, superstitious practices are abound in India, including among the highly educated. Why is it so hard to remove superstitions? Can social persuasion and ethics help remove it? Examine.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.  6) As per the Indian Constitution, it is  the duty of each citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform. Yet, superstitious practices are abound in India, including among the highly …

5) Critically analyse the merits and shortcomings of three new measures that were announced in the recent union budget with an aim to address agrarian distress in India. Also examine what else could have been introduced in the budget to address agrarian distress.

Topic: Agriculture;  Government Budgeting. 5) Critically analyse the merits and shortcomings of three new measures that were announced in the recent union budget with an aim to address agrarian distress in India. Also examine what else could have been introduced in the budget to address agrarian distress. (250 Words) The Hindu Why this question? This question, in …

4) The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has become the spearhead against global efforts combating the financing of terrorism (CFT).  Analyse the basis for FATF’s growing effectiveness in the fight against terrorist finance and how it helps India to deal with cross-border terrorism. 

Topic: Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism; Money-laundering and its prevention 4) The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has become the spearhead against global efforts combating the financing of terrorism (CFT).  Analyse the basis for FATF’s growing effectiveness in the fight against terrorist finance and how it helps …

3) Developments following the 2G spectrum allocation and the Lok Pal issue have led to increased interest in understanding the work of Parliamentary committees. Analyse how effective the committee system has been and explore ways of strengthening it.

Topic:   Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.  3) Developments following the 2G spectrum allocation and the Lok Pal issue have led to increased interest in understanding the work of Parliamentary committees. Analyse how effective the committee system has been and explore ways …

2) How did the medieval Sufi and Bhakti movement get represented in the contemporary north and south Indian vernacular literature? Examine.

Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.  2) How did the medieval Sufi and Bhakti movement get represented in the contemporary north and south Indian vernacular literature? Examine. (250 Words) Reference Why this question? In UPSC CSM-2016 there was a question on Vijayanagara literature.(completely …

1) What might have happened to India if Subhash Chandra Bose had survived the plane crash and lived? Critically comment.

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues  1) What might have happened to India if Subhash Chandra Bose had survived the plane crash and lived? Critically comment. (250 Words) The Hindu   Why this question? There was a similar question is UPSC CSM-2015 (How …

Insights Daily Debates: Issues that Matter – 11 (The Second Cold War is more Dangerous than the Previous one in its Intensity and likely Consequences thanks to Information Warfare and Technological Advancements)

      . Insights Daily Debates Issues that Matter – 11 ARCHIVES What’s this Initiative? Click Here   The Second Cold War is more Dangerous than the Previous one in its Intensity and likely Consequences thanks to Information Warfare and Technological Advancements Reference Wikipedia What is Cold War II? How can world defuse it? …

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 26 February 2018

Insights Daily Current Affairs, 26 February 2018   Paper 2: Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.   Highway liquor ban Context: The Supreme Court has given the State governments the discretion to decide, on facts, whether areas covered by local self-governing bodies …

All India Radio News Summary : 25 FEBRUARY 2018

All India Radio News Summary : 25 FEBRUARY 2018 UNSC has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria with the backing of Russia With Russia’s backing, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The resolution, demanding the ceasefire without delay, …

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 25 February 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 25 February 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz   .The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs . The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu  and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services …

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 February 2018

[Insights Secure – 2018] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 26 February 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  LIST of TOPICS (Static) General Studies – 1   Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to …

7) The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life. Comment.

Topic:  Human Values 7) The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life. Comment. (150 Words) Quote Based Question Why this question? Quote based questions are important.   Key demand of the question: It’s a quote by Sigmund Freud. You may agree or disagree with the statement. Based on …

6) Analyse the benefits and risks of emerging breakthroughs in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field for India.

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, 6) Analyse the benefits and risks of emerging breakthroughs in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field for India. (250 Words) IDSA Why this question? Earlier you have studied various dimensions of AI. Add to this the new dimension of its utility for India.  It’s an important question …

5) In the light of the objectives and design of the newly announced Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme (PMRF), critically analyse if PMRF would be successful in improving quality of research in the frontier areas of S&T and also stop India’s brain drain.

Topic:   Achievements of Indians in science & technology;  5) In the light of the objectives and design of the newly announced Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme (PMRF), critically analyse if PMRF would be successful in improving quality of research in the frontier areas of S&T and also stop India’s brain drain. (250 Words) The Wire Why this …

4) The UK National Health Service (NHS) has been described as single greatest experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken. However, lately NHS is facing certain challenges. Examine these challenges and the lessons it offers to India’s move towards universal healthcare.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, 4) The UK National Health Service (NHS) has been described as single greatest experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken. However, lately NHS is facing certain challenges. Examine these challenges and the lessons it offers to India’s move …