GS Paper 2

25th January – The origin of the Constitution

The world marvels at how well the Indian Constitution has kept a diverse country together for more than 70 years. It’s robustness and durability rest on its many built-in safeguards securing citizens’ rights to freedom and justice and fair play which no government, however powerful, can hope to effectively recast within the space of a …

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24th January – Untapped soft power

A PWC report states that the media and entertainment industry in India outperformed expectations in FY19 and was amongst the fastest-growing sectors with a growth rate of 13%. India produces the maximum number of films in a year worldwide. Concerns – 1. Revenue shortfalls – Despite this, it is still far from being recognised as …

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22nd January – Reciprocating Territory

Recently, the Ministry of Law and Justice issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification, declaring the United Arab Emirates to be a “reciprocating territory” under Section 44A of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. The notification also declared a list of courts in the UAE to be “superior Courts” under the same section. What is a ‘reciprocating territory’ …

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20th January – One government proposes, other deposes

Since coming to power, Andhra Pradesh State Government has cancelled or put on hold a number of high-profile State contracts and projects, many involving foreign partners who now face huge losses. Arguments in favour – Officials say reviewing commitments made by the previous government will increase accountability and decrease corruption in the State, but outside …

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18th January – Universal Healthcare

Most middle-class taxpayers in private jobs are stuck between the devil and the deep sea when it comes to accessing quality, and yet affordable, healthcare. Their faith in government hospitals is eroding, and dependence on expensive private hospitals is increasing. What is ‘Universal Healthcare’? In 1948, the World Health Organisation had enshrined ‘Universal Health Coverage’ …

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16th January – Directly Elected Mayors

Metros have been deprived of empowered Mayors who can raise efficiency, productivity and liveability. Mayors in many global cities go on to lead their country, which possibly explains why they have been reduced to obscure, ceremonial figures by national parties in India. Need – The Economic Survey of 2017-18 notes that a third of the …

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14th January – Net freedom

In a major pronouncement, the Supreme Court has declared that any action by an official of the state that shuts down the internet in any part of India must be temporary, and adhere to the doctrine of proportionality. The context – The context for the court’s action is the months-long shutdown by the state of …

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13th January – Right to Information : Its use and misuse

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde cautioned last month against the abuse of the Right to Information Act, setting off a chain of indignant reactions from a variety of activists. What did he say? “There is paralysis and fear about this Act”, he stated, adding that “people are not taking decisions” because they apprehend the …

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11th January – CDS and the path of jointmanship

The announcement on a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) last year and the appointment of Gen. Bipin Rawat as the first CDS has been one of the key policy decisions made by the Narendra Modi government in its second term. Background – It was recommended by the Kargil Review Committee in 2001. The CDS will …

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10th January – The Indian Constitution’s unitary tilt

The recent political developments around the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have revealed some of the most significant crevices of Indian federalism. Many state governments (ruled by opposition parties) declared that they would not implement the legislation in their respective states. Constitutional provisions – Article 256 of the Constitution …

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