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[Insights Secure – 2015] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 21 February 2015

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21 February  2015

General Studies – 1;

Topicchanges in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

1) In 2014 and 2015, Brazil is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. Examine its causes and its effect on Brazil’s economy and environment. (200 Words)

BBC

Down to Earth

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General Studies – 2

 

TopicIndian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2) “The 42nd Amendment almost rewrote the Constitution, making Parliament the supreme sovereign body.” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

TopicIndian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. 

3) In the light of rumours that the words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ would be removed from the preamble of Indian Constitution, critically examine the historical significance of the amendment through which these words were added and what result these words has had on Indian polity since their insertion into the preamble. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

TopicIndia and its neighbours

4) “India has legitimate security interests in the region and legitimate concerns in the welfare of the Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka. But neither the interests nor the concerns have been served by the policies that India has followed, since 1983, to be precise.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

TopicWelfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; Can be included in Paper – 1 under ‘ Distribution of key natural resources ‘

5) In the face of fast depleting groundwater resources, a project  by Telangana government know as ‘Mission Kakatiya’ has been appreciated by one and all for its vision and mission. Examine the objectives of this project and explain its importance. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

Topic issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

6) Some argue that the newly formed Niti Aayog will in fact result in more centralisation of power and will end even the small say states had in policy matters during the Planning Commission era. Do you agree with this assessment? Critically examine. (200 Words)

EPW

 

Topicissues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

7) The two decades since have seen a considerable expansion of local self-government in rural areas in India but it is still very far from Gandhi’s revolutionary conception of a village-centred economy and polity. Examine Gandhiji’s concept of self reliant village republics and if this concept is still applicable to present day India. (200 Words)

EPW

 

General Studies – 3

 

TopicScience and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life : Achievements of Indians in science & technology;

8) Few environmentalists and politicians are derailing the attempts to build world-class underground neutrino detector in the hilly regions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Is there any substance in their opposition to the project? According to scientists, what are the benefits of the project? Critically examine. (200 Words)

Frontline

 

General Studies – 4

Topic Attitude: content, structure, function;

9) All human beings aspire for happiness. Do you agree? What does happiness mean to you? Explain with examples. (150 Words, UPSC CSM – 2014)

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