4) It is said that the Multilateral diplomacy is facing unprecedented strain, both from the global hegemon and the contenders. How is India affected by this strain? Is it prepared to address this strain? Critically comment.

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 4) It is said that the Multilateral diplomacy is facing unprecedented strain, both from the global hegemon and the contenders. How is India affected by this strain? Is it prepared to address this strain? Critically comment. (200 Words) EPW

1) Critically comment on the provisions of Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016, which will replace the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules of 2010.

Topic: Changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.  1) Critically comment on the provisions of Draft Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016, which will replace the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules of 2010. (200 Words) The Hindu

4) A decade after coming into force, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is suffering from a decline in employment, budget caps, delays in wage payments and rampant violations of workers’ entitlements. Examine the reasons.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; 4) A decade after coming into force, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is suffering from a decline in employment, budget caps, delays in wage payments and rampant violations of workers’ entitlements. Examine the …

3) Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to immediately pay an amount of ₹3 lakh each to the next of kin of 238 workers who died after contracting silicosis. Discuss the significance of this directive.

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections 3) Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to immediately pay an amount of ₹3 lakh each to the next of kin of 238 workers who died after contracting silicosis. Discuss the significance of this directive. (200 Words) EPW

9) Like the ban on liquor and cigarette ads, hate speech and child pornography, should there also be a complete ban on skin-whitening creams and other products that promote fairness in India? Justify.

Topic: Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions 9) Like the ban on liquor and cigarette ads, hate speech and child pornography, should there also be a complete ban on skin-whitening creams and other products that promote fairness in India? Justify. (150 Words) The Indian Express

8) The rapid spread of new mobility services such as Uber and Ola taxis presents a regulatory dilemma for transport administrators. Critically comment on the recent move by Karnataka government to regulate app based taxi operators and its implications for consumers and drivers.

Topic: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth. 8) The rapid spread of new mobility services such as Uber and Ola taxis presents a regulatory dilemma for transport administrators. Critically comment on the recent move by Karnataka government to regulate app based taxi operators  and its implications …

6) India’s strategic engagements in its neighbourhood and beyond suffer from several handicaps. Analyse these handicaps and examine how India can overcome this material and political inability to take its strategic initiatives to their logical conclusion and leverage them in the longer term.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests 6) India’s strategic engagements in its neighbourhood and beyond suffer from several handicaps. Analyse these handicaps and examine how India can overcome this material and political inability to take its strategic initiatives to their logical conclusion and leverage them in the longer term. (200 …

4) “..the European Central Bank (ECB) is the quintessentially independent central bank: No single government stands behind it, and it is expressly prohibited from standing behind any of the national governments whose central bank it is. And yet, the ECB is the least independent central bank in the developed world.” Analyse

Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate; 4) “..the European Central Bank (ECB) is the quintessentially independent central bank: No single government stands behind it, and it is expressly prohibited from standing behind any of the national governments whose central bank it is. And yet, the ECB is the least independent central …

3) According to a recent report, Bengaluru – the information technology and start-up hub – has surpassed many global cities as a preferred destination for innovation centres. Examine the factors that have contributed in making Bengaluru preferred destination for innovation centres.

Topic: Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) 3) According to a recent report, Bengaluru – the information technology and start-up hub – has surpassed many global cities as a preferred destination for innovation centres. Examine the factors that have contributed in making …