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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 January 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Events: 04 January  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Art and culture 

1) “Allowing jallikattu to remain a sport because it represents Tamil tradition would legitimise cruelty against animals and have serious implications for the right to life.” Do you agree with this view? Is jallikattu more cruel than customs where animals are mass executed in the name of gods in thousands of villages in India? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Social empowerment; Role of women

2) It is said that increased representation in the three-tier panchayat structure has empowered women in rural areas. How do panchayats empower  rural women and what is the result of this empowerment? Analyse. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 2

Topic: Indian Constitution-features

3) Do you think defamation in India should be decriminalised? Is defamation and contempt law anachronistic? Justify with suitable examples. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of vulnerable sections.

4) “Uniform civil code needed for gender justice.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

TopicIndia and its neighborhood- relations

5) Discuss how can India and China play a constructive role in rebuilding Afghanistan politically and economically. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 3

TopicAgriculture issues

6) Identify the major issues agriculture is facing in India and critically analyse if recently launched schemes are able to address these issues. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Security issues; Environmental pollution

7) “Climate change and terror are connected by a common source: the greed for fossil fuels without fostering liberal democracy.” Critically analyse. (200 Words)

The Hindu


Topic: Energy; Pollution

8) A study by the Centre for Science and Environment earlier last year found that India’s coal-powered plants were some of the most inefficient in the world. Discuss the environmental and health cost of their inefficiency. Do you think, to control pollution, such coal plants should be closed permanently? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard


Topic: Agriculture – marketing

9) The idea of a unified farm market has been floating around since the early 2000s. It was included in the National Policy for Farmers brought out in 2007. How will creation of such market help agriculture? Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

General Studies – 4

Topic: Ethics in public administration

10) Social values are more important than economic values. Discuss the above statement with examples in the context of inclusive growth of a nation.  (150 words)