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14 April 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1. Discuss the growth of communist movement in India before and after the Independence.

Business Standard

2. Explain the contentious issues and claims of both India and China in their border disputes talks.

Business Standard

3. What is the composition of India’s foreign reserves basket? Is it good for the economy to have large foreign currency reserves? Examine.

Business Standard

4. What were the reasons behind 1973 Arab oil embargo? What were its consequences? Examine

The Indian Express

5. Explain the applications of robotics in ocean research and rescue missions.

The Hindu

 

 

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11, April 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

1. Should India shift towards ‘first use’ policy of nuclear weapons? Substantiate your answer with examples.

Business Standard

2. What do you understand by the phrases ‘re-shoring’ and ‘next–shoring’ in the manufacturing sector? Explain.

Business Standard

3. Critically examine the present nature of manufacturing sector and policy focus on it in India.  What shift, if at all the sector needs one, should be brought into this sector in India in the light of recent global developments in this sector?

Business Standard

4. It is said that the success of the proposed Maritime Silk Route initiative  by China will be consequential to regional stability and global peace. Analyse the objectives of this initiative and critically evaluate the assessment made in the given statement.

The Hindu

5. What is a CT scanner? What is the principle behind its functioning? What are its uses?

The Hindu

6. What is fascism? Critically compare and contrast the versions of fascism practised before, during and after World War -2.

The Indian Express

 

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22 March 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 Words

1. What do you understand by cropping pattern? Which factors affect it? Explain the cropping pattern of wheat in India.

Business Standard

2. What factors and objectives were behind the nationalization of banks in 1969? Did nationalization help bring financial inclusion? Comment.

Business Standard

3. The theoretical literature and empirical studies on CSR have systematically shown that CSR plays a significant role as an important part of a company’s competitive strategy. Explain how?

Business Standard

The Indian Express

4. How is Tuberculosis  caused? Discuss the challenges faced by countries and WHO in treating TB in many parts of the world.

The Hindu

5. What is the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) ? Explain its objectives.

The Hindu

6. The future of Indian cities is inextricably tied to the improvement of public transport. Comment.

The Hindu

 

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18, March 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 Words

1. “In a difficult global environment, a sustainable expansion of India’s economy can only come from productivity-driven increases in domestic employment and wages.” In the context of influence of global economy on India’s, elaborate the statement.

Business Standard

2. Why is India lacking in defense indigenization? What should be done by the government to galvanize defense indigenization? Explain.

Business Standard

3. Critically discuss about the need  and the obstacles in bringing about police reforms in India.

The Indian Express

4. Myanmar’s democratisation is leading to its opening up and growing importance for existing and newer regional powers. In the light of the statement, analyze India’s strategic and geopolitical opportunities in Myanmar.

The Indian Express

5. Discuss India’s policy on Tibet. Critically examine the events that led to fleeing of Dalai Lama from Tibet 1959 and events thereafter.

The Hindu

6. Discuss about the nature and implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated by the U.S with other developed countries.

The Hindu

7. Analyze the areas of cooperation and conflicts between India and China in the economic sphere.

The Hindu

8. What do you understand by the Big Bang theory? How is it related to Einstein’s general theory of relativity? Explain in layman’s terms.

The Hindu

9. Do you think Aadhaar initiative as a failure especially as a tool of providing social security to the weaker sections? Critically comment.

The Hindu

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26, February 2014

1. The lack of resources is only a part of the challenge of urban development in India.  What are the  non-financial challenges to sustainable urbanization in India? How to overcome them? Critically analyze. (200 Words)

Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/rajiv-lall-why-indian-urban-administrators-are-poor-service-providers-114022501235_1.html

2. Is the very nature of the arrangement between the RBI and the finance ministry  inherently against finding common ground on critical macroeconomic issues? In the light of recent differences between the two bodies on economic policies, comment on the statement. (200 Words)

Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/different-strokes-114022501236_1.html

3. Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, despite their different paths of action, had the same goal of liberating India from the chains of British colonialism. Critically compare and contrast their ideology and actions in contributing towards India’s freedom struggle. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. India accounts for an astounding 29 per cent of the global deaths of newborns on their very first day of birth. What measures has government taken to address this problem? Has it been successful? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. Data brokers as a far bigger threat to privacy than, say, Facebook.  Who are these ‘data brokers’ in the online world? Should they be regulated? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. “It is only when we have a highly efficient and time-bound justice delivery mechanism that we can proceed to judge the merits of death penalty.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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18, February 2014

1. In the light of debate on Direct Taxes  and Goods and Services Taxes codes analyze the need for reforms in direct and indirect taxes in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/satya-poddar-direct-taxes-and-gst-the-unfulfilled-promises-114021701699_1.html)

2. Critically examine the nature of defence budgeting in India and issues related to it. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/defence-budgeting-based-on-delusion-114021701698_1.html)

3. “India’s corporate investment rate – which reached a high of 17 per cent of GDP in the pre-Lehman year – has collapsed to nine per cent of GDP. ” Why? Analyze. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/sajjid-chinoy-the-challenge-from-stability-to-growth-114021701695_1.html)

4. What is ‘one rank, one pension’ system for armed forces? Why was it demanded by the ex-servicemen? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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5. Write a critical note on Kachatheevu island controversy involving India, Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. “The Syrian situation has been called a proxy war involving many players.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. How would the proposed economic corridor between China and Pakistan impact the region? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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17, February 2014

1. What are the challenges of corruption? How does it impact  society? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

2. In the light of recent events highlight the importance of choosing quality regulators in both tradeable and  non-tradeable sectors in India. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/devesh-kapur-what-regulation-when-man-is-vile-114021600700_1.html)

3. “The CPI-WPI gap underscores the dilemma faced by monetary policy.” Examine in the light of recent data released on CPI and WPI. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/the-dilemma-continues-114021600698_1.html)

4. Write a note on the composition and function of committee of privileges of the Indian parliament. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. What measures has the Election Commission taken to bring electoral reforms in India in last twenty years? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. Do you thin the revival of ancient culture and festivals would bring women empowerment in India? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. ” It was time Indian journalism was liberated from corporate stenography. ” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8. What are the challenges being faced by the automobile industry  in India? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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15, February 2014

1. What measures does government take to tame high inflation? Explain why maintaining optimum inflation rate is very important for the economy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. “There are no costs involved in moving towards a more federalist structure called the United States of India — only benefits.” Critically analyze. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

3. “To join the China’s  maritime Silk Road project Delhi is likely to be torn between two competing ideas—one is working together with China in the maritime domain and the other is the long-standing goal of limiting Beijing’s influence in the Indian Ocean.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

4. “To ensure China chooses the “trading state” strategy as it rises geopolitically, rather than one based on aggression, it is imperative that the United States, as the sole superpower, follow a policy of deterrence.” Examine. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/deepak-lal-barack-obama-and-deterring-china-114021401629_1.html)

5. “USA is following a policy of protectionism through immigration rules.” Comment in the context of India – USA relations. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/t-n-ninan-failing-the-smell-test-114021401631_1.html)

6. “The third space in Indian politics is the largest and the most diverse, and yet the ‘third alternative’ has remained an unfulfilled experiment.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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07, February 2014

1. Write a critical note on the nature of relationship within federal framework between Delhi state and the Union government. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. What are the major problems being face by the power plants and discoms in producing and distributing electricity in India? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Explain the significance of having a strong maritime cooperation with South East Asian countries by India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. “Bribe-giving, an implicit offence in the  Prevention of Corruption  Act, should be made an explicit offence.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. “While bringing convenience to the lives of the masses, high-speed rail also plays a military  and disaster management role.” In the context of India, critically analyze the statement. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. “India urgently needs to build and strengthen intermediary institutions to forge linkages between formal and informal institutional structures.” Why? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. “India produced three times the science output of China in the 1990s with a comparable  gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD). Today, China has overtaken India by more than three times. It is the same in the case of patents.” Why have we fallen behind so much? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8. “At the end of 12 years of American occupation, Afghanistan has not emerged as a more secure place; nor has the U.S. had much of a success in nation-building.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

9. “The critical issue in India, where the pentavalent vaccine is being rolled out, is raising the coverage levels of immunization.” Elucidate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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05, February 2014

1. What measures should government adopt to bring mutual cordial relations between the people of North East India and the rest of India? In your opinion what are the reasons behind recent attacks on students from North East India in some parts of the country? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. What are the positives and negatives of social networking on internet? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. What were the reasons behind launching Operation Blue Star? What effects it had on the polity of India? (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. What are the effects of fast melting ice in Arctic on ecology and livelihood in the region? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5.  Are the powers of pardon vested in the President and the Governors under Articles 72 and 161 of the Constitution amenable to judicial review? Critically comment in the light of recent verdict by the Supreme Court. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. Explain the ideology of Taliban groups operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Do you think Taliban is a major threat to India? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. ” Strong social protection measures will not only promote the overall interests of the workforce and the economy in general in the medium term, they will also lay the foundation to face the demographic transition over the next two decades.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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01/02/2014

1. Write a note on the cropping pattern of millets and pulses in India. Examine the trend in their production in last twenty years. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Write a note on the classification adopted by the IUCN to categorize endangered species. Explain the important causes of endangering of marine life across the world. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. How did partition affect Indian culture as a whole? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. “Societally sanctioned rape and sexual assault is not new in India.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. What is cyber-warfare? Assess how much is it a threat to India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. Throw light on the major threats to wildlife across the world with special reference to India. Describe the role of UNO and its agencies in conserving and protecting wildlife. (200 Words)

The Hindu

The Hindu

7. “It is in Pakistan’s best interests to help stabilise the situation in Afghanistan.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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30, January 2014

1. What are the technologies available for recycling or using the urban waste for productive purposes? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Write a critical note on Ravindranath Tagore’s views on education. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. “India’s curriculum outpaces what pupils can realistically learn and achieve in the time given”. Comment on the statement in the light of recent findings by various reports about the poor quality of education in India.

The Hindu

4. “The lasting solution for the sugar sector’s woes, indeed, lies in striking a balance between the demand – both domestic and export - and output of sugar and sugarcane.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/failing-on-sugar-114012901294_1.html)

5. “Despite the current decade being called India’s “decade of innovation”, the country has been ranked at the bottom of the list of 25 countries in terms of its intellectual property (IP) environment.” Explain why. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/protecting-patents-india-worst-in-world-114012900371_1.html)

6. Does India need an independent autonomous regulator for the environment sector? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/green-panel-to-come-under-regulator-114012900930_1.html)

7. “It is high time that India embarked on creating the next generation of IT companies, which can move up the value chain. ” Comment in the light of India’s stand on global internet governance. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

8. “In India, social and economic conditions in India are not ripe for the total abolition of state killings in the form of the death sentence.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

9. What is round-tripping? Analyze the trade relations between India and Mauritius. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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29, January 2014

1. Critically comment on the deep sea trawling and its effect on marine biodiversity in the Indian context. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Critically evaluate the NRLM and its objectives. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Critically examine the issues involved around mining in sensitive areas like Western Ghats. In your opinion, what should be the government’s approach? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. What are the effects of diesel price regulation on the economy and who are the beneficiaries? Do you support its price deregulation? Explain why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. Do you support plebiscite in Kashmir to find a peaceful solution for its future? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. Write a note on the adverse effects of plastic on the environment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. Write a note on the need and highlights of draft   Regulatory Reforms Bill, 2013. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8. “Between India and Japan, the strategic component of the relationship has increased dramatically over the last four years.” Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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28, January 2014

1. Write a critical note on recent controversies in the pharma sector in India. Does these development augur well for India’s health sector? Comment. (200 Words)

Business Standard

(http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/indian-pharma-s-twin-woes-114012701141_1.html)

2. What is the mandate of UNHRC? Critically comment on its functioning citing any two recent examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Write a critical note on the role of judiciary in ensuring social justice in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. What is current account deficit?  What measures does government usually take to contain it? Comment on the effects of such measures on the economy. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. What is genome or DNA sequencing? How does it help in diagnosis of diseases? (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. “The escalating political crisis in Ukraine has cast a deep shadow over Russia’s relations with Europe.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. Do you think escalating conflicts between fishermen between maritime neighbors across the world is an indication of deteriorating food security situation? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8.”The lack of involvement of beneficiaries, who are systematically disempowered and discouraged from questioning service delivery and holding implementing agencies accountable, is one of the key reasons for implementation failure of various government schemes.” Elaborate highlighting the importance of social audits. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

9. “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has served as the major catalyst in the global movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing them as full and equal members of society, with human rights.” Critically analyze in the context of India’s efforts at passing a legislation for disabled persons on the line of above mentioned convention. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

 

10. “Syria is coming close to shifting from an India-friendly regime to a possibly hostile, Islamist regime.” Comment and highlight what should be India’s approach. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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25, January 2014

1. Critically comment on the role of family in the Indian society in producing socially responsible individuals. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Discuss the various threats faced by wildlife in India.  Do you think conservation efforts are defeated by the vested interests in and around the wildlife habitats? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Write a note on the contribution of ICRISAT to the Indian agriculture. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. “The India-Japan partnership is yet to move beyond the economic to the strategic.” Analyze. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

5. India’s manufacturing’s share in the GDP has remained stationary at 15-16 per cent for more than three decades now, far lower than the 25-35 per cent that characterises the East Asian economies. In the light of India’s 2011 ambitious National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), critically analyze the constraints it is facing in the manufacturing sector and how they can be overcome. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

6. “Social attitudes need to change, reflecting liberal and humane values, if the country is to ensure gender equality and protection for all its women.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. What is bond yield? Do they reflect the health of an economy? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8. “Recent recommendations by the RBI’s Urgit Patel committee  set up to revise and strengthen the monetary policy framework in India might not go well with the Finance ministry.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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