Star campaigners

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: Several political parties have released the list of their star campaigners for the upcoming Lok Sabha General Elections. The Representation of the People Act, 1951, defines rules around star campaigners, who are leaders of political parties appointed for campaigning. A recognised political party can appoint a …

Postal ballots

  Source: TH  Context: The Election Commission of India has announced the provision of postal ballots for absentee voters from essential services in Tamil Nadu. Workers from various sectors including Mercantile Marine, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Chennai Metro Rail Limited, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Food Corporation of India, Zonal Office (South), and the media …

Model Code of Conduct

Facts for Prelims (FFP)       Source: IE     Context: The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been enforced by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, beginning from the announcement of the election schedule until the declaration of results. This code regulates the behaviour of political parties …

VVPAT

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: A petition by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has called for the 100% counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips during elections as the current system fails to guarantee that votes are counted as cast. Currently, the Election Commission of India (ECI) mandates counting …

Sarpanch Pati

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Governance Source: TH Context: The Supreme Court of India has stated that the issue of men wielding power behind elected women in grassroots politics (also called as sarpanch Pati) should be addressed by the government and not the judiciary. The court advised an NGO, to make a representation before the Ministry …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 6 February 2023

InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions ina your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to their …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 9 December 2022

  InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions in your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to …

Opaque political financing could cost democracy dear

GS Paper 2 Syllabus: Role of political finance in the politics of India   Source: TH  Direction: This is an editorial article. This article helps to understand the linkage between political finance and political competition.   Context: In India, the discussion over political financing is mostly focused on its impact on political competition This is …

India’s political system needs to better reflect its social and cultural character and hence we must move towards a better alternative than the existing first past the post(FPTP) system to choose our representatives. Critically analyse.

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 3. India’s political system needs to better reflect its social and cultural character and hence we must move towards a better alternative than the existing first past the post(FPTP) system to choose our representatives. Critically analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Indian Express Why the …

Do you think opinion polls should be banned as they are antithetical to free and fair elections? Critically analyse.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. 3. Do you think opinion polls should be banned as they are antithetical to free and fair elections? Critically analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Indian Express Why the question: Every election season, we find …

Examine the feasibility of conducting simultaneous elections to both parliament and legislatures in India.

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 3. Examine the feasibility of conducting simultaneous elections to both parliament and legislatures in India. (250 words) Difficulty level: Easy Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 2 and mentioned as part of …

What is meant by the model code of conduct (MCC) during elections? Do you think that MCC needs to be included under the statue for its uniform and effective implementation? Critically analyse.

Topic: Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act. 2. What is meant by the model code of conduct (MCC) during elections? Do you think that MCC needs to be included under the statue for its uniform and effective implementation? Critically analyse. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Insights on India Why the question: The …