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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 30 January 2017

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General Studies – 1;

Topic: Urbanization – problems and remedies

1) To rehabilitate slum dwellers, a common approach adopted is to build higher quality, affordable housing for the poor on the city’s periphery. Critically comment on the viability and usefulness of this approach for the urban poor. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

2) Discuss Gandhiji’s approach to politics and relevance of his approach to democracies around the world. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues,

3) What is Global Gag Rule? Discuss for and against arguments made against this Rule. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 2

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

4) Recently the Union Cabinet approved the IIM Bill, granting the 20 Indian Institutes of Management more autonomy than they currently enjoy. What are the salient features of this Bill? Examine how does it affect autonomy of IIMs. (200 Words) 

The Indian Express

Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability

5) What do you understand by ‘Revolving door detention’ – which was in new recently? In Jammu and Kashmir, the Public Safety Act has been criticised for various reasons. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

General Studies – 3

Topic:Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

6) An apolitical ethos of the services has been one of the strongest pillars of our democracy. Do you think the selection of Army Commanders must be made only through deep selection based on merit? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Infrastructure – Railways

7) While sabotage is indeed a factor in some derailments, bad railway performance is responsible for the majority of train accidents. Critically examine causes of recent railway accidents and measures taken by government to ensure railway safety. (200 Words)

The Hindu

General Studies – 4

Topic:Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world

8) Write a brief  note on Gandhian ethics. (150 Words)