[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 29 December 2016
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General Studies – 1;
Topic: Salient features of Indian society
1) Are the divisions of caste and religion less sharp than they once were, especially when it comes to inter-caste and inter-religious marriages? Do you think inter-caste marriages should be encouraged? Critically comment. (200 Words)
Topic: World history
General Studies – 2
Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
3) Recently, ss part of a defence appropriations bill of over $600 billion, the US Congress passed legislation that designated India as a “major defence partner.” Discuss the significance of this move for India and for its relationship with USA. (200 Words)
Topic: Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
General Studies – 3
Topic: Agriculture issues
Topic: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
6) In the light of recent Manipur crisis, do you consider the “framework agreement for peace” signed on 3 August 2015 between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), or NSCN (I-M), as a failure? Critically examine. (200 Words)
General Studies – 4
7) A fresh engineering graduate gets a job in a prestigious chemical industry. She likes the work. The salary is also good. However, after a few months she accidentally discovers that a highly toxic waste is being secretly discharged into a river nearby. This is causing health problems to the villagers downstream who depend on the river for their water needs. She is perturbed and mentions her concern to her colleagues who have been with the company for longer periods. They advise her tokeep quite as anyone who mentions the topic is summarily dismissed. She cannot risk losingher job as she is the sole bread-winner for her family and has to support her ailing parents and siblings. At first, she thinks that if her seniors are keeping quiet, why should she stick out her neck. But her conscience pricks her to do something to save the river and the people who depend upon it. At heart she feels that the advice of silence given by her frinds is not correct though she cannot give reasons for it. She thinks you are a wise person and seeks your advice.
a) What arguments can you advance to show her that keeping quiet is not morally right?
b) What course of action would you advise her to adopt and why? (250 words)
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