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[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 March 2017

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 27 March 2017

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STATIC Syllabus Timetable

General Studies – 1;

Topic:  Poverty and developmental issues

1) Most arguments we hear against inequality are either moral or political. Are there any benefits of inequality itself? Critically examine. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 2

Topic:  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries

2) Recently, the US deployed its anti-ballistic missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) to South Korea. Comment on its objectives for deploying THAAD and possible consequences of this move for the region. (200 Words)

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Topic:   Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. 

3) According to India’s nuclear doctrine, India reserves the right to nuclear retaliation “in the event of a major attack against India, or Indian forces anywhere, by biological or chemical weapons”. What mechanism exists at international level to stop use of either nuclear or chemical weapons against state or non-state actors by states? Do you think India should retaliate using chemical weapon in the event of ‘major’ attack on Indians? Critically examine. (200 Words)

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Topic:  Functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies

4) Now it has become a common features to blame the electronic voting machine (EVM) for electoral defeat by political parties. Are EVMs reliable? How do they function? Do you think introduction of VVPAT or Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail would make election process more transparent? Examine. (200 Words)

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Topic:  Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary 

5) In the light of different opinions expressed by the judiciary and executive on making Aadhaar mandatory to avail services, it is incumbent upon the government to ensure that Aadhaar is statutorily foolproof. In this regard, what issues does government face to make Aadhaar legally foolproof? What should it do to address these issues? Examine. (200 Words)


General Studies – 3

Topic: Conservation

6) In a recent judgment, the Uttarakhand High Court declared the rivers Yamuna and Ganga as legal or juridical persons, enjoying all the rights, duties and liabilities of a living person. Discuss the logic behind and significance of this judgement. (200 Words)

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General Studies – 4

Topic:Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitude

7) In a recent incident an Air India staff was assaulted violently by a sitting Member of Parliament and subsequently, this MP was barred by all airlines in India from travelling in their flights. What are the ethical issues involved in this incident? In your opinion, how should such unruly behaviour by VIPs should be punished? (150 Words)

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