Chinese President Xi Jinping announced one of China’s most ambitious foreign policy and economic initiatives at the end of 2013. He called for the building of a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, collectively referred to as One Belt One Road (OBOR). One Belt One Road … [Read more...] about One Belt One Road (OBOR) by China – Should India Join It?
Archives for April 2017
McGraw Hill Education India has published a new book on Ancient and Medieval Indian History. The book is authored by Poonam Dalal Dahiya IRS and it titled 'Ancient and Medieval India'. In 16 chapters and 616 pages, Poonam Dalal covers the complete syllabus of ancient and medieval history for UPSC … [Read more...] about ‘Ancient and Medieval India’ by Poonam Dalal Dahiya – Book Review
The way Police forces work in India needs a lot of reforms. Police need more autonomy, professionalism, fixed tenure and so on. This article is on Police reforms in India - the history, the reforms so far, the Supreme Court directives, recent cases like T P Senkumar Case etc. Police Reforms: Why in … [Read more...] about Police Reforms in India – Against the backdrop of T P Senkumar Case
The Inter-State River Water Disputes are one of the most contiguous issues in the Indian federalism today. In extreme cases, it may hamper the relationship between the different states. The recent cases of the Cauvery Water Dispute and the Satluj Yamuna Link Canal case are … [Read more...] about Inter-State River Water Disputes in India: Is it time for a new mechanism rather than tribunals?
How well is the Indian Economy doing in the last 3-4 years? Economic Survey - the flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India - points out that we should worry about the Twin Balance Sheet Problem, now widely known as TBS problem. First of all, what is a balance … [Read more...] about The Twin Balance Sheet Problem (TBS): How can Indian Economy Avoid a Crisis?
UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) Prelims is not only a screening test to select eligible candidates for various Civil Services like IAS, IPS, IRS etc. but it is also a common exam to screen candidates for Indian Forest Services (IFS) main exam. But to get an IFS call, candidates need to score … [Read more...] about How to score very high marks in UPSC CSE Prelims (and even get an IFS call!) – by Parveen Kaswan IFS
In 2017, after the election results in 5 states of Punjab, Manipur, UP, Goa, and Uttarakhand are announced there have been allegations of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This has put a question mark on the fairness of elections in our democracy. Let us discuss EVMs in detail and see … [Read more...] about Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs): Can they be tampered with?
Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a comprehensive indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, and consumption of goods and services throughout India. GST would replace respective taxes levied by the central and state governments. What is GST? It is a destination-based taxation system. It has … [Read more...] about Goods and Services Tax (GST): Everything You Need to Know Including Issues Unresolved
The number of vacancies for services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc as per UPSC Civil Services notification is showing a decreasing trend for last 4 years. This comes at a time when the number of aspirants appearing for UPSC Civil Services exam is growing exponentially since the last 8 years. Last year saw … [Read more...] about Why are the IAS/IPS Vacancies Decreasing when India faces a shortage of IAS, IPS officers?
The number of candidates who apply for IAS Exam is increasing fast. There are many reasons - increase in salary, prestige, publicity, job security and so on. But how many candidates can get into any of the 24 civil services in a year? The total number of vacancies are only approximately 1000 The … [Read more...] about The Number of Candidates who Apply for IAS Exam – How Fast is the UPSC CSE Competition Increasing?