Topic – Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
5) The absence of legislation for curbing the practice or paid news requires urgent attention. Analyze.(250 words)
Why this question
The question discusses the problem of paid news, the problems created by the absence of a specific legislation, the measures being contemplated by the government to curb this practice and the recommendations of committees regarding the same. Hence , this question is important for paper 2 of GS.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain the problem of paid news, highlight the issues created by the absence of a legislation governing paid news, discuss the recommendations of LCI regarding paid news and the overall measures being contemplated by the government for tackling it and an examination of the same.
Analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain what paid news is and discuss data highlighting that the menace, if left unchecked, will severely impact electoral process in the country.
- Discuss the stand taken by ECI in dealing with matters related to paid news. Highlight that the stand taken by ECI has been reversed by Delhi HC decision and the issues that it creates in the absence of a specific legislation
- Discuss the recommendations of ECI regarding paid news and the steps taken by government for checking the menace
- Analyze the effectiveness of those steps
Conclusion – Emphasize on the importance of tackling paid news and suggest way forward.