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WEEKLY UPSC IAS ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGES – 2020

  1. March 29, 2020: “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them”
  2. March 22, 2020: In order to understand the world one has to turn away from it on occasion
  3. March 15, 2020: Pandemics such as COVID-19, though Catastrophic, are in the end Meant to Reset Humanity and its Priorities
  4. March 08, 2020: Those who have wisdom have all: Fools with all have nothing
  5. March 01, 2020: Indifferentism is the worst kind of disease that can affect people.
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  7. February 23, 2020: To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
  8. February 16, 2020 : When civil services does its job, people will not need social service
  9. February 09, 2020 : The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
  10. February 02, 2020: Ability will get you success, Character will keep you successful.
  11. January 26, 2020: Media’s duty is to inform public, not manufacture opinion.
  12. January 19, 2020: Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes
  13. January 12, 2020 : Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition
  14. January 5, 2020 : All war is a symptom of man’s failure as a thinking animal
  15. December 29, 2019 : There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship
  16. December 22, 2019: War is the ultimate Price we pay for lasting Peace
  17. December 15, 2019 : Inclusivity and Plurality are the hallmarks of a peaceful society
  18. December 08, 2019: Justice Loses Character if it becomes Revenge
  19. December 01. 2019: Economic Growth and Development are Shaped by the Societies in which they Operate
  20. November 24, 2019: Social Media is the Fourth Pillar of Democracy
  21. November 17, 2019: Media is No More a Fourth Pillar of Democracy
  22. November 10, 2019: Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling
  23. November 03, 2019:Biased media is a real threat to Indian democracy
  24. October 27, 2019: Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness
  25. October 20, 2019: South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities
  26. October 13, 2019: Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success
  27. October 06, 2019: Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society
  28. September 29, 2019: Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be
  29. September 22, 2019: Wisdom finds truth

WEEKLY UPSC IAS ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGES – 2019

  1. September 15, 2019: Kashmir Problem – Historical Injustice or Misguided Geopolitics?
  2. September 08, 2019: India’s Space Ambitions – Are they Welfarist?
  3. September 01, 2019: India – $5 Trillion Economy: Dream or Reality?
  4. August 25, 2019 Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
  5. August 18, 2019 The mind is everything. What you think you become.
  6. August 11, 2019: Virtue is Knowledge
  7. August 04, 2019: Inclusive governance begets Inclusive growth
  8. July 28, 2019: India’s headache: Unemployment or Underemployment?
  9. July 21, 2019: The road to science and spirituality are opposite, but we should tread both
  10. July 14, 2019: India is a leading power, rather than just a balancing power
  11. July 07, 2019: Should the world embrace democratic socialism or progressive capitalism?
  12. June 30, 2019: Impact of Digital Revolution on Human Wellbeing
  13. June 23, 2019:Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty
  14. June 16, 2019: The definition of happiness is the full use of your powers, along the lines of excellence.
  15. June 09, 2019: Not Corruption, Communalism is the Greatest Threat India is facing Today
  16. May 19, 2019: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
  17. May 12, 2019: Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake
  18. May 05, 2019: Happiness equals reality minus expectations
  19. April 28, 2019: Political correctness is tyranny with manners
  20. April 21, 2019: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
  21. April 07, 2019: Dogma is the sacrifice of wisdom to consistency
  22. March 31, 2019: The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
  23. March 24, 2019: Terrorism has No Religion
  24. March 17, 2019: Money and Religion – Great Unifiers of Humankind?
  25. March 10, 2019: Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay
  26. March 03, 2019: Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower
  27. February 24,2019: Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
  28. February 17, 2019: Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back
  29. February 10, 2019: Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
  30. February 03, 2019: You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality
  31. January 27, 2019: Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever
  32. January 20, 2019: All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
  33. January 12, 2019: All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
  34. January 06, 2019: National security is Irreversibly linked to good economic growth

WEEKLY UPSC IAS ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGES – 2018

  1. December 28, 2018: To plan for smart development, governments and business must recognize nature’s role in supporting economic activity
  2. December 23, 2018: Government Surveillance – Good or Bad?
  3. December 16, 2018: Trade Wars – Economic or Geopolitical?
  4. December 02, 2018: Immigration is Not a Threat, but Fundamentally it’s an Economic Issue
  5. November 25, 2018: A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both
  6. November 18, 2018: “The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values
  7. November 11, 2018: A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
  8. November 04, 2018: Management of Indian border disputes – a complex task
  9. October 28, 2018: Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India
  10. October 21, 2018: Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere
  11. October 14, 2018: Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it
  12. October 07, 2018: Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life
  13. September 30, 2018: Commercialization of Space : Importance and the need for regulation
  14. September 23, 2018: E-commerce as a new form of trade and its challenges to India.
  15. September 16, 2018: Ability is nothing without opportunity
  16. September 09, 2018: Death Penalty eliminates Criminals, not Crime.
  17. September 02, 2018: Dissent is the foundation of democracy.
  18. August 26, 2018: Mars Mission and Mob lynchings are two obverse faces of India
  19. August 19, 2018: Strengthening Land Rights Strengthens Development
  20. August 12, 2018: Age of Big Data: Data is the New Oil, History is its oldest bank
  21. August 05, 2018: Strong Institutions and fair procedures, not personalities constitute the fundamentals of good governance
  22. July 29, 2018: Social reform is a myth if places of worship are open only to all castes and not to all genders.
  23. July 22, 2018: Section 377, not the carnal acts banned under it is ‘against the order of nature ‘
  24. July 15, 2018: Schooling Is Not Education
  25. July 08, 2018: Sometimes it takes a natural disaster to reveal a social disaster.
  26. July 01, 2018: Normal human activity is worse for nature than the greatest nuclear accident in history
  27. June 24, 2018: Gender Sensitive Indian Society is Prerequisite for Women and Child Empowerment
  28. June 17, 2018: Where Should India Invest More – Human Capital or Human Development?
  29. June 10, 2018: Has Democracy Taken Backseat Due to the Rise of Populists and Demagogues?
  30. June 03, 2018: We won’t have a society ,if we destroy the environment
  31. May 27, 2018: Can Development and Environment Protection Go Together?
  32. May 20, 2018: Governor is the Choke Point of Federal Circuit of India
  33. May 13, 2018: Anonymity is the Best and the Worst Feature of Urbanism
  34. May 06, 2018: A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes
  35. April 29, 2018: Guaranteeing Right to Vote may Establish a Democracy, But Ensuring it’s Right Use Only Will Bring a True Democracy
  36. April 22, 2018: Stereotyping is an Ideological Force Which Hinders and Endangers Consolidation of India
  37. April 15, 2018: Can Education and legislation Address Violence Against Women and Children in India?
  38. April 8, 2018: Banking Crisis in India – Failure of Governance and Regulation?
  39. April 1, 2018: Privacy is the fountainhead of all other rights
  40. March 25, 2018: Impact of Technology on Human Relations and Human Productivity
  41. March 18, 2018: India’s Focus should be on Ease of Living, not on Easy of Doing Business
  42. March 11, 2018: A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody
  43. March 04, 2018: Capitalism can not Bring Inclusive Growth
  44. February 25, 2018: The unprecedented advance of technologies facilitate individual empowerment but at the cost of Institutions and Democratic societies
  45. February 18, 2018: Threats being Faced by Liberal Democratic Systems are both Dangerous and Permanent
  46. February 11, 2018: For India, Stigmatised Capitalism is Better than Crony Socialism
  47. February 04, 2018: Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.
  48. January 28, 2018: Politics of Identity is the Politics of the Weak
  49. January 21, 2018: Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime
  50. January 14, 2018: Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding
  51. January 07, 2018: The Root Cause of Agrarian Distress in India – Failure of Policies or Failure of Governance?

WEEKLY UPSC IAS ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGES – 2017

  1. December 31, 2017: Impact of the new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India
  2. December 24, 2017: Fulfilment of ‘new woman’ in India is a myth
  3. December 17, 2017: Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
  4. December 10, 2017: Farming has lost the ability to be a source of subsistence for majority of farmers in India
  5. December 03, 2017: Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms
  6. November 19, 2017: Has the Non- Alignment Movement(NAM) lost its relevance in a multipolar world
  7. November 12, 2017: Social media is inherently a selfish medium.
  8. November 04, 2017: We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws
  9. October 29, 2017: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
  10. October 22, 2017: Harith Diwali, Swasth Diwali : What measures are needed to deal with Festivity and Air Pollution?
  11. October 15, 2017: Biggest Threat to Humanity – Moral Crisis or Climate Change?
  12. October 08, 2017: The monsoon is a defining aspect of India’s nationhood
  13. October 01, 2017: India’s Infrastructure Story – Why is India not able to Build like China?
  14. September 24, 2017: Impact of Digital Technologies on Globalisation
  15. September 17, 2017: Urbanisation and Solid Waste Management in India – Challenges and Opportunities
  16. September 10,2017: Gender Equality and Peace: Are They Connected?
  17. September 03, 2017: Recent Natural Disasters – What do they Reveal about Humanity?
  18. August 27, 2017: Godmen – A Threat to Indian Society and Culture
  19. August 20, 2017: Corruption in India: Neither Systemic Reforms nor Surgical Strikes would End it
  20. August 13,2017: Interrelationship between Gender Equality and Sustainable Development
  21. August 06, 2017: Utility and relevance of Parliament in our polity
  22. July 30, 2017: Caste System – Source of India’s Eternal Inequality?
  23. July 23, 2017: Indian Democracy, Media and Public Opinion – Does Public Opinion Matter in Policymaking?
  24. July 16, 2017: Poverty and Environment – Their Interrelationship is the Key to Sustainable World
  25. July 09, 2017: Soft Power is India’s Strength, not its Weakness
  26. July 02, 2017: Technology and Jobs – Is Technology a Curse?
  27. June 25, 2017: Democracy’s Relevance in the Face of New Global Threats
  28. June 18, 2017: Federalism in India – Competitive or Cooperative?
  29. June 11, 2017: Peace, Environment and Development: Are these Interrelated?
  30. June 04, 2017: Role of Technology in Development – Is Technology Helping or Hindering Development?
  31. May 28, 2017: Poverty is a State of Mind
  32. May 21, 2017: Does India Need Superpower Status?
  33. May 14, 2017: India’s Achilles Heel – Lack of Ambition or Lack of Leadership in Achieving Greatness?
  34. May 07, 2017: Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
  35. April 29, 2017: The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation
  36. April 23, 2017: To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom
  37. April 16, 2017: One-Party-Dominant System – Is it Good for India?
  38. April 09, 2017: Should Youth in India Consider Politics as Career?
  39. April 02, 2017: Can World Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War?
  40. March 26, 2017: Low, stagnating female labour-force participation in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms?
  41. March 19, 2017: When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw
  42. March 12, 2017: The marks humans leave are too often scars
  43. March 05, 2017: Environmental Challenges and Geopolitics: How to save our Environment?
  44. February 27, 2017: Radical Solutions are Needed to Address Today’s Radical Problems
  45. February 19, 2017: India’s Importance in the Post-truth World
  46. February 12, 2017: The Role of Politics in Development
  47. February 05, 2017: Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored
  48. January 29, 2017: Building Walls and Banning Refugees – Does this Help Humanity?
  49. January 22, 2017: Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality
  50. January 15, 2017: Cyberspace and internet: Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run
  51. January 08, 2017: Water disputes between states in federal India
  52. January 01, 2017: Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed

WEEKLY UPSC IAS ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGES – 2016

  1. (December 25, 2016) – Cooperative federalism: Myth or reality
  2. (December 18, 2016) – Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare
  3. (December 11, 2016) – Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms
  4. (December 04, 2016) – If development is not engendered, it is endangered
  5. (November 27, 2016) – Social media is better at breaking things than at making things
  6. (November 20, 2016) – Deglobalization is good for the world
  7. (November 12, 2016) – Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others
  8. (November 06, 2016) – It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence
  9. (October 30, 2016) – Reducing Poverty while also Conserving Nature is an Impossible Task
  10. (October 23, 2016) – Poverty can be eliminated by putting science at the heart of development
  11. (October 16, 2016) – People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people
  12. (October 09, 2016) – Better Access is Key to Inclusive Cities
  13. (October 02, 2016) – The weaker sections of Indian society – Are their Rights and Access to Justice Getting Better?
  14. (September 25, 2016) – Imagination is more important than intelligence
  15. (September 18, 2016) – Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life
  16. (September 11, 2016) – Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance
  17. (September 04, 2016) – It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it
  18. (August 28, 2016) – If one can Address Moral Crisis, many of World’s Problems can be Solved
  19. (August 21, 2016) – Overdependence on Technology will Advance Human Development
  20. (August 14, 2016) – Geography may remain the same ; history need not
  21. (August 07, 2016) – Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom
  22. (July 31, 2016) – To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all
  23. (July 24, 2016) – True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing
  24. (July 17, 2016) – We Can Not Fight Terrorism – We have to Live With it
  25. (July 10, 2016) – A house divided against itself cannot stand
  26. (July 02, 2016) – When the going gets tough, the tough get going
  27. (June 26, 2016) – India a Reluctant Participant in the New Global Order?
  28. (June 19, 2016) – Inclusiveness in India – Still a Dream?
  29. (June 12, 2016) – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
  30. (June 05, 2016) – Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted
  31. (May 29, 2016) – It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere
  32. (May 22, 2016) – Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress
  33. (May 15, 2016) – Fire is a good servant but a bad master
  34. (May 08, 2016) – The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  35. (May 01, 2016) – Labour Reforms in India and its Role in Economic Development
  36. (April 24, 2016) – It takes a whole village to raise a child
  37. (April 17, 2016) – Trust take years to Build, Seconds to Break
  38. (April 10, 2016) – Cleanliness is next to Godliness
  39. (April 03, 2016) – Honesty is the Best Policy
  40. (March 27, 2016) – Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes
  41. (March 20, 2016) – Caste System – India’s Enduring Curse
  42. (March 13, 2016) – Fortune favors the bold
  43. (March 06, 2016) – Quick but steady wins the race
  44. (February 28, 2016) – Dreams which should not let India sleep
  45. (February 21, 2016) – Lending hands to someone is better than giving a dole
  46. (February 14, 2016) – Technology cannot replace manpower
  47. (February 7, 2016) – Character of an institution is reflected in its leader
  48. (January 31, 2016) – Can Capitalism bring Inclusive Growth?
  49. (January 24, 2016) – Crisis Faced in India – Moral or Economic?
  50. (January 17, 2016) – Too many cooks spoil the broth
  51. (January 10, 2016) – The Best Things in Life are Free
  52. (January 3, 2016) – Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.