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5 Nov 2017 | Target Mains | Question 10

  • How do pressure groups influence Indian political process? Do you agree with this view that informal pressure groups have emerged as powerful than formal pressure groups in recent years? (UPSC MAINS 2017)

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  •  Khemchand Gujjar @khemchand-gujjar


    •  Pritam Kumar @pritam_cd

      Hi Khemchand,
      We need to bring slight explanation to the points…how pressure groups influence?…
      -The reasons provided for the rise in informal pressure groups are not supportive…informal does not mean good leadership…if it is due to good leadership than what is the problem going by formal means…the perfect reasons for this will be…increased social media usage, easy availability of internet, cheaper technology and vigilant public etc. for example the protest for Jalikattu in Tamil Nadu, Patidar agitation in Gujarat etc…
      -There is no example to any points in your answer…bring example to show your connectivity with day-to-day changes…
      -show importance of pressure groups in conclusion…and also way forward…
      However, good effort…keep practicing…
      Marks awarded: 3.5/10

  •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe


    •  Pritam Kumar @pritam_cd

      Hi Narayan…
      Your points are good…and well arranged and properly conceptualized…
      Good attempt…however, some addition…show difference between formal and informal organization…in short…
      Good approach…keep it up…keep practicing…
      Marks awarded: 5/10

    •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

      Thanks @pritam_cd sir! I have started to focus more on decoding questions.

  •  sarvjit mann @whitegoodyblack

    pressure groups are the voluntary organization formed under the expression of article 19(1) of the constitution i.e right to freedom.They have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build robust community.
    pressure group influence the political process through-
    1.march and protest
    2.camps and campaign
    3.street play and seminars
    4.debate and discussion
    through these instruments, their prime motive is to mobilize citizen,government to act,defend, and demand the rights.
    however, in recent times informal pressure group have become more powerful as-
    1.greater mass support as the process of intake is less complicated as their are no obligations to fill forms, purchase membership etc
    2.informal pressure groups have often variety of interest as against formal groups such as amnesty international focus on human rights mainly
    3.moreover on deeper anlaysis, these groups do not have to comply with various laws such as fcra act, thus getting edge over formal group
    but, formal grouping also is powerful as they direct, guide and suggest to solve particular issues which are important for overall development of our country such as ficci suggesting bank recapitalization
    henceforth both formal plays important role in influencing the political process.nevertheless, government, private players and civil society organization have to check and balance each other by providing relevant information in the public domain so the citizen can make well-informed dicision as also being reiterated by Kofi Annan.thereby making development more people participative and public oriented

    •  Pritam Kumar @pritam_cd

      Hi Sarvjit…
      Your points are good…but ideas are mixed up…there is no clear distinction between formal and informal groups…and their activities…If both of their works and intentions are good…then how? we need to justify…
      Points 1, 2 and 3 presents incomplete picture regarding their actions and intentions…
      Follow up with our model answers for better clarity…our model answers presents comprehensive view on each questions…

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