In your opinion, what solutions are desirable to help crush the caste-based exploitation in India? Has economic progress helped realize Dalit empowerment? Critically examine.

Topic:  Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 2. In your opinion, what solutions are desirable to help crush the caste-based exploitation in India? Has economic progress helped …

Akbar was a great social reformer and these social reforms helped him to get the legitimacy from the Indian masses. Comment.

Topic:  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. 1. Akbar was a great social reformer and these social reforms helped him to get the legitimacy from the Indian masses. Comment.(250 words) Reference:  Class XI NCERT – Medieval Indian history    Why this question: The …

[VIDEO] InstaDaily Current Affairs and News Analysis and Answer Writing Guidance (I-CAN) April 18 to 20, 2020

NOTE: In the following I-CAN series every day a Mains question is given and its answer is discussed on the following day. You will learn how to write effective answer through this initiative. You will feel the ‘I CAN also write answers’ – once you start following this series. Topic covered so far in this …

DAY – 37 (InstaTest-37): Insta 75 Days Revision Plan-2020: Topic – Science & Technology, Textbook based test 24 to 27 Revision, June 2019 CA

GIVE THESE INSTA TESTS NO MATTER WHAT’S GOING TO  BE YOUR SCORE OR HOW MUCH UNDER-PREPARED YOU ARE!. DON’T RUN AWAY FROM WHAT’S DIFFICULT! THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS   STRATEGY – Towards smart preparation in Uncertain times – How to Clear UPSC IAS Prelims? Click Here MOTIVATION – I am finding InstaTests Difficult …

RSTV: THE BIG PICTURE- COVID-19 CRISIS: ROLE OF WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

   Introduction: The World Health Organisation has hit back at criticism from US president Donald Trump, after he threatened to stop funding the agency over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said he was looking into putting “a hold on money sent to the WHO”, accusing the UN agency of being “very China-centric”. …

INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY- 20 April 2020

Table of Contents: GS Paper 1: 1. National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India.   GS Paper 2: 1. Government amends the extant FDI policy. 2. Types of human coronaviruses. 3. Islamophobia and IOC.   GS Paper 3: 1. Draft Electricity Act. 2. TriboE masks and triboelectricity. 3. Lithium rich red giants.   …

Lithium rich red giants

Topics Covered: Awareness in space. Lithium rich red giants What to study? For Prelims: What are red giants and what is Li? For Mains: Significance of these findings. Context: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science &Technology, Govt. of India, have discovered hundreds of Li-rich giant …

TriboE masks and triboelectricity

Topics Covered: Indigenization and development of new technology. TriboE masks and triboelectricity What to study? For Prelims: Features, how they work and what is triboelectricity? For Mains: Need for and significance of such masks. Context: A team of researchers at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore, an autonomous institute of the Department …

Draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 

Topics Covered: Infrastructure- energy. Draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020  What to study? For Prelims: Key amendments proposed, overview of Electricity Act, 2003. For Mains: Need for and significance of these amendments. Context: Power Ministry floats draft Electricity Act; invites suggestions within 21 days. This will amend the 2003 act. The draft pitches for privatisation …

Islamophobia and IOC

Topics Covered: Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate. Islamophobia and IOC What to study? For Prelims: All about IOC. For Mains: Islamophobia- causes, concerns and need for immediate measures. Context: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has criticised India for what it called “growing Islamophobia”. IOC said, Muslim minorities are being “negatively profiled,” …

Types of human coronaviruses

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. Types of human coronaviruses What to study? For Prelims: Coronaviruses- types, virus types which affect humans, symptoms and recent examples. For Mains: Impact of certain viruses and the need for better preparedness. What are coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a large family of single-stranded RNA viruses that cause diseases in animals …

Government amends the extant FDI policy

Government amends the extant FDI policy What to study? For Prelims: Key changes introduced and implications. For Mains: Significance and the need for these measures. Context: The Government has amended certain sections of the FDI policy for curbing opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions of Indian companies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. While India shares a land border with Pakistan, Bangladesh, …

National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India

Topics Covered: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India What to study? For Prelims: About UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Indian entries in the list, about Reggae, overview of the National ICH List. For …

[Insights Secure – 2020] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20 April 2020

Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2020: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   General Studies – 1   Topic:  population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. 1. What do you understand by knowledge- centric development? How …

Discuss the relevance of Gandhian principles of swadeshi, swachhata and sarvodaya in the contemporary times.

Topic:  Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers 7. Discuss the relevance of Gandhian principles of swadeshi, swachhata and sarvodaya in the contemporary times.(250 words) Reference: Indian Express  Why this question: The article presents the relevance of Gandhian principles of swadeshi, swachhata and sarvodaya in the contemporary times. Thus …

The next big election in India will be the precursor to just how a pandemic affects electoral democracy. Comment.

Topic:  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. 6.The next big election in India will be the precursor to just how a pandemic affects electoral democracy. Comment.(250 words) Reference: The Hindu  Why this question: The article presents a narration of effects of …

In the backdrop of the criticism of the World Health Organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss the role of WHO in global health efforts and the inherent challenges faced by it while suggesting measures to empower it.

Topic:  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate. Disaster and disaster management. 5. In the backdrop of the criticism of the World Health Organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss the role of WHO in global health efforts and the inherent challenges faced by it while suggesting measures to empower it.(250 words) Reference: …