GS Paper 2

Immunity Passports

20th June – Immunity Passports

Immunity Passports In a recent article, Paul Romer suggested that as nations come out of lockdown, they should be adopting an “identify and isolate” strategy. To do this, they need to dramatically increase the volume of their testing. Doing more tests – His recommendation for the US is that everyone should be tested once every …

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Urban Local Bodies

19th June – Urban Local Bodies

Time to strengthen Urban Local Body revenues Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India have never had enough resources to satisfactorily fulfil the functions devolved to them in the decentralisation process triggered by the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act. Own revenues constitute only a third of ULBs’ total receipts. What are the sources of revenue? After the …

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18th June – Reset ties with China

Reset ties with China With its aggression in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, China has crossed a threshold and pushed the relationship with India to a dangerous low, with long-lasting consequences. The events – Chinese soldiers used the opportunity of a negotiated withdrawal operation to viciously attack a supervisory Indian contingent. The first Indian military casualties …

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17th June – Remaining non-aligned

Remaining non-aligned is good advice For weeks, the India-China stand-off has dominated the national discourse now which warns about the possibility of a major conflict along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh and Sikkim sectors. Why the conflict is happening? Border infrastructure – Both India and China have been strengthening their border …

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16th June – Anti-discrimination law

The need for an anti-discrimination law In our country, the problem of racism is exacerbated by other historically ingrained forms of discrimination, along the lines of caste, class, gender, and religion among other things. Defining private discrimination – These prejudices, which pervade every aspect of life, from access to basic goods, to education and employment, …

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15th June – India’s medicine diplomacy

India’s medicine diplomacy “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (World is one family) has been a key ingredient of India’s outreach to the world from time immemorial. It has also acquired a greater salience in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. India has its own problems even if it had taken early measures to counter the pandemic. However, India’s recent …

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13th June – Privatisation of PSBs

Privatisation is not a panacea for PSBs If news reports are to be believed, the government is likely to designate banking as a strategic sector under the new privatisation policy. This will allow the government to own a maximum of four public sector banks (PSBs), and thus, some PSBs which have not been included in …

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12th June – Unravelling the G7

An unravelling of the Group of Seven (G7) The G7 Summit scheduled in Washington DC was recently postponed by the US President Donald Trump.  What did President Trump say? While postponing the summit “to at least September”, Mr. Trump declared that in any case, the G7 “is a very outdated group of countries” and no …

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Urban governance

11th June – Urban governance reforms

Urban governance systems must reform A comparative analysis of the emerging coronavirus cases across India clearly shows that rural areas have fared extremely well in comparison to urban areas in enforcing the various Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines related to the lockdowns and, consequently, in containing the overall spread of COVID-19. It can also be …

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10th June – e-diplomacy

The e-diplomacy experiment The first India-Australia virtual leaders’ summit on June 4 had a lot on the menu, ranging from military interoperability to jointly tackling COVID-19. The two countries upgraded their relations to a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’. The summit was noteworthy for its novel modus operandi. E-diplomacy – Just as corporations and educational institutions have …

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