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[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 October 2016

[Insights Secure – 2016] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 15 October  2016

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: History of the world

1) It is said that the USA and Russia have returned to Cold War tensions. Analyse the causes. Do you think Russia is powerful enough to face US in its geopolitical struggles? Comment. (200 Words) 

The Hindu

Topic: Indian culture ; Communalism, regionalism & secularism. 

2) Scholars argue that Sufism as a philosophy could eliminate terrorism, curb religious fanaticism and stop communal violence. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic:Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

3) The overcrowding of prisons in the country is a long-standing problem that is seldom addressed effectively. Critically discuss the causes and consequences of overcrowded prisons, and measures needed to decongest them. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

4) Do you think India is the reason why SAARC is widely regarded as the most ineffective of regional economic groupings? Critically comment. (200 Words)


Topic:Separation of powers between various organs

5) Should the Supreme Court be involved in interstate river disputes? Critically comment. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic:Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation

6) Examine the impact of climate change and pollution on fishing Industry and fishermen in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation; Agriculture

7) How does climate change affect smallholder farmers? How can this farming community fight climate change effects? Discuss. (200 Words)

Down to Earth

Topic: Issues of buffer stocks and food security;

8) Discuss how climate change affects food security. How can India ensure food security in the face of climate change? (200 Words)

Down to Earth

Down to Earth

General Studies – 4

Topic: Moral thinkers

9) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Bring out what this quote means to you in the present context. (150 Words)