3 January 2015
Monday’s Topic for GS-1: Themes in Indian History – III, Class XII – Theme 12 (i.e. chapter 12)
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General Studies – 1
Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present– significant events, personalities, issues
1) On October 14, 1956, Babasaheb Ambedkar, along with several hundred thousand “untouchables”, embraced Buddhism. Critically examine the ideological bases and other reasons which convinced Dr Ambedkar to embrace Buddhism. (200 Words)
Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
General Studies – 2
Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various
3) The institution of the governor has been sidelined in the administering of tribal areas despite clear constitutional guidelines to the contrary. In the light of some of recent related events, critically comment on the statement. (200 Words)
Topic: India and its neighborhood- relations.
Topic: mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.
5) Recently he Supreme Court ruled that conducting a caste-based census is against the law. Examine why. Also comment on suggestions made by some scholars that caste bases census is necessary for ensuring social justice to the scheduled caste members. (200 Words)
Topic: mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health
General Studies – 3
Topic: economics of animal-rearing
8) Forced by declining returns from farming in ecologically fragile areas, small farmers have been taking to goat rearing. Today, goats ensure income to five million households in India. Critically examine the merits and demerits of this shift. (200 Words)
Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security
9) “The terrorist violence in Pakistan can be traced to the tight U.S. security embrace of the Cold War days, which gave birth to several “mujahideen” groups that have turned into Frankenstein’s monsters post-9/11.” Elaborate. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
Topic: Probity in Governance; Right to Information