GS-3, Uncategorized

Boosting Economic Growth in a Protectionist World

Context In recent times, governments across the world are focussed more on protectionist economic policies as a measure to boost their domestic economy. Protectionism, the theory or practice of shielding a country's domestic industries from foreign competition by taxing imports, gained ground mainly after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. US-China trade war is an evidence of… Continue reading Boosting Economic Growth in a Protectionist World

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

China and its quasi-colony

Context The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) engaged in closed-door informal consultations in response to a letter written by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), backed by a request from China, on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Outcome of the meeting… Continue reading China and its quasi-colony

GS-2, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Judicial Pendency: “Justice Delayed”

Context According to the Economic Survey 2018-19 There are about 3.5 crore cases pending in the judicial system, especially in district and subordinate courts. About 87.54 per cent of the total pendency of cases is in the district and subordinate courts. More than 64% of all cases are pending for more than 1 year. The average disposal time for civil and… Continue reading Judicial Pendency: “Justice Delayed”

GS-2, Uncategorized

Alternative Systems of Medicine in India: An Overview (June 2019 Yojna)

Traditional Medicine (TM) along with Complementary Medicine (CM) and Alternative Medicine (AM) are terminologies that are often used interchangeably for a broad range of healthcare practices, theory, service delivery and systems in both Eastern and Western parts of the world (including for Ayurvedic Medicine, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathy etc) that have developed separately… Continue reading Alternative Systems of Medicine in India: An Overview (June 2019 Yojna)

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Narendra Modi’s Bhutan visit

Context Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a two-day visit to Bhutan which is being seen as a bid to diversify India’s partnership with the kingdom from the hydro-power sector to enhanced trade and linkages in space and education. Background The relationship between India and Bhutan is built on traditional closeness, one that is unique in… Continue reading Narendra Modi’s Bhutan visit

GS-2, Uncategorized

Defence Reforms: Chief of Defence Staff

Context In his Independence Day speech, PM announced that India will soon have a Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). The CDS is meant to be a single-point military advisor to the government, and to coordinate long-term planning, procurement, training and logistics of the three services. Its creation was recommended in 2001 by the Group of Ministers… Continue reading Defence Reforms: Chief of Defence Staff

GS-2, GS-3, International Relations, Uncategorized

India’s Nuclear doctrine and its “No first use” policy

Context: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, appears to have altered a key pillar of India’s nuclear doctrine when he tweeted that India’s future commitment to a posture of No First Use of nuclear weapons ‘depends on the circumstances’. On the first death anniversary of former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee, and in the nuclear proving ground in Pokhran,… Continue reading India’s Nuclear doctrine and its “No first use” policy

GS-3, Uncategorized

Trouble in the Auto Industry

Details: This data, by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), gives out wholesale figures, i.e. the number of vehicles despatched to dealers by vehicle manufacturers. This has been the steepest fall in nearly 19 years. The passenger vehicle segment, which comprises cars, utility vehicles and vans, has been one of the worst performing segments, registering its highest drop… Continue reading Trouble in the Auto Industry

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

Transforming Agriculture

Context On 1st July 2019, Prime Minister had set up a High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’. The nine-member committee, headed by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, is formed to suggest policy measures, attract investments and raise growth in food processing. Its terms of reference (ToR) pertain largely to matters related to agri-markets. This includes reforming the Agricultural… Continue reading Transforming Agriculture

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Jobs For Locals

Context Nativism, the cry for job protection of locals, is rearing its head again in India. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly recently passed a legislation that reserves 75% of industrial jobs in the state for locals Recently Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also said that the state government is mulling a law to ensure 70 per cent… Continue reading Jobs For Locals