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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 01 August 2014

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You are the CEO of Zilla Panchayat. A Gram Panchayat Secretary has been assaulted by Gram Panchayat member. The member is an influential figure in the Tehsil and is very close to the local MLA. The Panchayat Secretary is severely injured and is hospitalised.  He was assaulted after being caught red handed while taking bribe from a poor woman in the office. The member has the support of villagers and MLA. All these incidences have been brought to your notice by the Block Development Officer.

What will you do in this situation? (200 Words)

 

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Mains, 01 August 2014

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01 August 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) In recent years, even generic drug companies are penalised for delaying manufacture of important drugs. Critically examine why these delays are caused, who penalises these companies and the consequences of these delays.

Business Standard

2) “Given these practical problems, merely scrapping APMC laws will not quite work.  We need to provide competition to mandis so that they become more transparent.” Critically examine the existing merits and demerits of APMC law and suggest alternatives in the light of the given statement.

Business Standard

3) Write a note on union government’s new scheme -  Financial Inclusion Mission.

Business Standard

4) Write a note on the use of antibiotics in food industry and its relationship with antibiotic resistance in humans.

The Hindu

5) Critically discuss the issue of gun control in USA.

The Hindu

6) Examine the criticisms against  the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act, which was notified in December 2013.

The Indian Express

The Indian Express

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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 31 July 2014

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31 July 2014

Recently there was a communal clash between communities X and Y in one of the villages under your jurisdiction. It was so severe that, all the people belonging to  minority community X, fled from their village. Later they were given shelter in nearby temporary camp. The camp lacked all basic amenities. After few days, law and order was restored in the village. The majority community Y is unwilling to welcome back even a single person from the minority community. Whereas, the minority community do not want to return for the fear of reprisals. People from both the communities were killed and raped during the clashes. As a DM of the district it’s your responsibility to maintain law and order in your jurisdiction. The people in camp are demanding rehabilitation in a new place. They are seeking government help in building new homes, jobs for one member from each of their families and round the clock police protection.

The CM has directed you to find a solution to the impasse. He has specifically told you that rehabilitation is not an option when the properties of the minority community are intact in their village. He is in favour of sending them back to their village.

In this situation what will you do? Explain. (200 Words)

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Questions, 31 July 2014

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31 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Is agricultural loan waiver policy, announced by many states and sometimes by the union government to help farmers in distress, good for the economy? Comment.

Business Standard

2) Examine why voluntary disclosure of income schemes (VDIS) was implemented and what has been its record.

Business Standard

3) Write a note on different types of landslides, their causes and remedies.

The Hindu

4) Critically comment on the effect of sanctions on both the parties  imposed on Russia by the West.

The Hindu

5) Examine the leading causes of high infant and maternal mortality rates in India. What steps need to be taken and what is the cost of neglecting interventions to reduce these rates? Analyse.

The Hindu

6) “Such is the United Nations’ marginalisation in international relations that it is becoming irrelevant to the raging conflicts. ” Critically comment.

The Hindu

7)  “..trade is what most of international relations are about. For that reason, trade policy is national security policy.” Evaluate in the context of India.

The Indian Express

8) Write a note on  the Nasa Mars rover, Opportunity and its significance. 

The Indian Express

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ETHICS and INTEGRITY – Answer Writing Challenge, 30 July 2014

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30 July 2014

As a DM, you are doing your best to demolish all illegal encroachments in the  district headquarters. This has brought you a good name. At the heart of the city, there is an immediate need of widening a road where lately lots of accidents have taken place because of huge vehicle traffic. In the middle of this road there is a temple which is causing lots of traffic problems thanks to large number of devotees who visit it daily.  Investigation reveals that the temple is constructed illegally on government property. If congestion to be eased on the road, the temple must be demolished. You send a notice to temple management. They sensationalize the issue through media by twisting facts. They also politicize the issue. They have also tried to incite communal feelings of devotees. You know that the temple management is getting huge income from the temple and this is one of the reasons why there is stiff opposition for its demolition. You also get frequent calls from prominent politicians requesting you not to go ahead with its demolition.  Your family members, who are god-fearing, are also against your decision.

In this situation, what will you do? Explain the consequences and how will you deal with them. (250 Words)

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Motivation: What is your inner voice saying?

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I am sure enough has been talked about the postponement of exams, why some sections would be more difficult for some people over the others, why some people are at advantage compared to other and so on. And there is a always that doubt and uncertainty as to how to handle this and what decision people are going to come up with. For all this, there is only one suggestion – Turn a deaf ear!

Seriously! Turn a deaf year. You don’t know what they are going to decide, neither do I, neither do a lot of people who propose they do. Everyone has a nice argument as to why and how it should be tipped in someone’s favour. People have voiced their opinion and expressed suggestions as well.

That aside, the goal and the real battle is between you and the exams no matter what surprise it is going to throw at you. I believe in your argument, I also believe that it doesn’t seem completely fair, but nowhere in your birth certificate was it said that it is going to be a fair world out there! It is going to be challenging, there are going to be a lot of unknowns. But fear not, there is only one voice you need to listen to! The one which keeps saying inside you that you should do it no matter what. You are here to fight the battle in any way it is pushed at you and you are going to make it. That is the whole story behind it and that has to be your inner voice. Listen to nothing else now. All you have to do is put your heads down and conquer your books which are waiting for you.

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure Mains, 30 July 2014

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30 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) Critically comment on the nature of tribunals, their composition and their relationship with the executive and judiciary.

Business Standard

2) Write a note on WTO’s  Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (“SCM Agreement”) and examine how much of India’s policies are consistent with these measures.

Business Standard

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3) Write a critical note on the composition and functions of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC)

Business Standard

4) Critically examine the concerns expressed by Nepal in its bilateral relationship with India.

The Hindu

5) Is UPSC civil service exam’s CSAT paper discriminatory? Critically comment.

The Hindu

6) ” If we allow the dangerous global trends towards unhealthy, processed and packaged foods to overwhelm the food culture in India, the direct and indirect public cost is likely to be enormous. ” Comment.

The Hindu

 

 

 

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Insights Secure PRELIMS – Previous Year Questions, 29 July 2014

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure-2014, July 29

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29 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) “India’s silence on critical global issues fits poorly with its global aspirations.” Critically comment.

The Indian Express

2) “To build an inclusive society, the police needs an urgent overhaul and wide reform.” Critically comment.

The Indian Express

3) Examine why efforts to conserve elephants worldwide is challenging and not yielding desired results.

The Hindu

4) A recognised leader of the opposition (LoP) is necessary for the proper and harmonious functioning of Parliament and for the working of several of the recently enacted laws. In the light of the statement critically comment on the selection procedure of LoP and the importance of this position in the Parliament and outside.

The Hindu

5) Critically discuss on what grounds different groups are opposing the field trials of Genetically Modified crops in India.

The Hindu

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MOTIVATION: Will the exams be postponed?

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exam worry, worry about upsc  postpone, ias, inspiration A lot has been questioned about the UPSC pattern these days and there seems to be a looming open question as to whether the exams would be postponed or not. Some say it should be and some say it shouldn’t. However that is not something we are going to debate about today.

Let us focus on the larger question. I am sure that when you have so many thoughts running around, so many changes and so many rumors as well, it is pretty hard to shut yourselves out and concentrate on what matters the most to you. And sometimes they end up taking a lot more energy and time than we actually thought.

I agree that it is hard not to think of it, but let us evaluate the two possibilities

1) Exam gets postponed

This way, you get time and you also have a clear cut focus to study on. The change will not be too much so that you can’t cope with it. It would be in the lines of your previous preparation and the tone may vary a couple of nothces. So, do not worry about a complete 180 change. Focus on the current strategy till they come with a decision. For all you know, the change may not happen as well

2) Everything remains the same

If everything remains the same, in that case you will not have extra time to study, the exam goes on on the mentioned date. All the days you are spending on worry will be lost and you are left with lesser time to prepare. This way, it is pretty dangerous that you are letting the worry get the better of you.

If we look at both situations, the best solution for you is to keep going with the current strategy you have in mind. In either of the outcomes, time is the most precious thing for you and you can’t afford to squander that over any other thoughts. Look at what matters the most to you. The way I look at it, it is time that makes all the difference.

I do understand that uncertainty is not the easiest thing to handle, but here are 10 ways to handle uncertainty in life.

Don’t worry about what they are going to do, it is not in your control. Worry about how you are going to improve your preparation and how you are going to make a difference. That is a better worry and thought process to have. And if you think you are still worrying about it, then I would suggest : How to stop worrying and start living! 

Either ways, you are the ones at the receiving end. So look at the larger picture and think of what is the most important thing for you and focus on it. The rest hardly matters at this point of time.

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Insights Secure – PRELIMS – Previous Year Questions, 28 July 2014

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MOTIVATION: It is not the load that breaks you!

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inspiration, motivation, insights, stress, ias exams I have heard this a fair number of times. People esp in the UPSC sector have told me that it is a lot of hard work and the load is extreme since there is X,Y,Z things to do and no matter how much you work hard, you are never sure whether it is going to pay off or not. I agree, it is one hell of an exam and also the mother of all exams. And the post you are looking at is not a small one! You are looking at an extraordinary one.

So it is going to be hard. You are going to be tested all through the process of the exam and even after that as well cos it is something which is going to test your strength and temerity all through. But there is also a beauty in it, the strength of an officer is not the amount of load he can carry, that is going to remain the same. It is the way you are going to carry it! It is the way you are going to handle it when you are there at the stage of becoming an officer or at the early stage of the exams.

Few days ago, we talked about people and how they impact your life and then we also said – “People will make you feel like crap if you let them!“.

And we also said that “There will always be people who say you cannot do it“.

But then there will always be idiots like that! You can’t let them rule your life!

You got to be beyond all those things in life. It is about the dream you have here. We also talked about  “Angels and Demons and Dreams” and why this dream matters so much to us. And that is exact reason why we are all here, in the pursuit of doing what we firmly believe in and the way we do it tells us how creative we can get at doing it. So.. Don’t worry about the load, don’t worry about the pressure, don’t even worry about the people who are going to bug you. It is your life, it is your challenge and it is how smartly you handle this pressure. Keep it going! Related:

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[UPSC MAINS-2014] Insights Secure – 2014, July 28

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28 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) “India should press for a comprehensive bilateral – or possibly trilateral, involving Bangladesh – treaty with China on water sharing that is open to international scrutiny and adjudication.” Comment why.

Business Standard

2) Critically comment on India’s stance on all WTO related issues.

Business Standard

3) What were the highlights of the lapsed Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill? Why was the bill introduced? Explain.

The Hindu

4) Write a note on the Buddhist values and their relevance today.

The Hindu

5) The poverty is not an independent cause of malnutrition.  An improvement in sanitation and cleanliness will eliminate much of the difference in malnutrition between India and the rest of the world, and across Indian States. In the light of the statement, critically analyse the nature of malnutrition in India and what factors should be kept in mind while framing strategies to deal with it.

The Hindu

6) Write a note on the U.N. Convention on the Law of Sea (UNCLOS)  and its relevance to India.

The Hindu

7) Radical plans by the World Bank to relax the conditions on which it lends up to $50 billion a year to developing countries have been condemned as potentially disastrous for the environment and likely to weaken protection of indigenous peoples and the poor. Critically examine.

The Hindu

8) Critically analyse India’s nuclear liability law and examine what effects it has on the growth of nuclear sector in India.

The Indian Express

 

 

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Insights Weekend Discussions – 27 July 2014

Welcome to the Fourteenth Edition of Insights Weekend Discussions. You can access details of previous discussions here.

The Topic

“Continuing Communal Riots in India Are the Result of Both History and Contemporary Politics.”

India’s Home Ministry reveals that more than 2,500 people were killed in incidents of communal clashes in the country since 2002. There were 8,500 incidents of communal clashes in the past decade, mostly between the Hindus and Muslims. Some say that the violence between these two communities continues thanks to the gap of communal mistrust between them which is primarily attributed to historical wrongs.

And some analysts say that it’s all because of politics and policies of some political parties. There have been efforts to address communal violence through legislations and other policy measures though.. The Communal Violence Bill, one of those efforts, has itself been labelled as Communal. Some have appreciated the bill.

Do you agree with the topic completely or are there other reasons behind communal clashes? What are the dangers of these communal clashes? How can we stop them? Are legislations only way to stop them? What is the role of administration? What is the role of society and individuals? Is there any flaw in our education system itself?

The site is yours. Hoping to see constructive debate just like the last time. Thank you.

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Insights Secure PRELIMS – 2014: Previous Year Questions, 27 July 2014

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