GS Paper 2

21st November – Trade Agreements

Why trade deals are the next logical step ]Reacting to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, gave a scathing assessment of trade agreements. “In the name of openness we have allowed subsidised products and unfair production advantages from abroad to prevail,” he said, …

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20th November – ‘Nudge’ in public policy

Nudge – A desirable public policy tool This is a classic example of businesses using behavioural foibles to upsell products to customers. There is now a school of thought that the understanding of human behaviour can be used by policymakers to nudge citizens to act in a way that is good for them or for …

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19th November – Asian Drama

Shifting sands for Asian economies Discussions on the post-pandemic global economy have often predicted that China’s appeal as a business destination would fade, losing favour as the global manufacturing hub. Arguments have been made that production would be dispersed to other appealing locations mostly in Asia, and even to those outside. It was expected that …

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18th November – Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrum

Andhra Pradesh’s capital conundrums Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a ‘Game of Thrones’-like gritty politics involving capital cities. Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s government proposed a three-capital plan in the previous session of the Assembly. As per the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, the State will have Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and …

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17th November – Trade Unions

A recipe to tear down trade unions Labour law ‘reform’ has been on the table since 1991 as every government’s favourite solution for economic growth. Yet, there was no consensus between governments, political parties, workers and their trade unions, and employers, on what this meant. Trade Unions – Historical Background – Trade unions first emerged …

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13th November – Judgements should be simple

Judgements should be made easier to comprehend A lawyer has recently filed a PIL in Supreme Court (Subhash Vijayran versus Union of India). He wants the legislature and the executive to use plain English in drafting laws, Bar Council to introduce plain English in law curricula and Supreme Court to only allow concise and precise …

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12th November – Strengthening Public Healthcare

Strengthening public health capacities in disasters In 2005, India enacted the Disaster Management Act, which laid an institutional framework for managing disasters across the country. Disaster management considerations were to be incorporated into every aspect of development and the activities of different sectors, including health. While some headway has indeed been achieved, the approach continues …

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10th November – US Federal Election Commission

US Federal Election Commission In the presidential election in the United States, the Election Commission, is singularly missing. There has not been even a single order or intervention passed by the American counterpart of the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America. Vision behind ECI – In …

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7th November – China-occupied Kashmir

The forgotten fact of China-occupied Kashmir Following the abrogation of Article 370 and reorganisation of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), a China-Pakistan tandem has emerged to internationalise the issue, including in the UN Security Council. China’s support for Pakistan is motivated by a desire to perpetuate its own territorial grab in the …

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6th November – Elections in the US

Election system is broken in USA The general election in the United States is too close to call. This has often been the case in the past two decades, ever since the 2000 presidential election was decided when Democratic candidate Al Gore conceded with just 537 votes in between him and George W Bush in …

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