Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism
GS-2 Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
GS-3 Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-technology, Bio-technology and issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
GS-4 Case Studies
Q.1 To empower persons with disabilities in India, it is imperative to shift from a charity-based approach to a rights-based approach. Analyse. (10 Marks)
Q.2 India’s trajectory towards an increased strategic footprint in West Asia has been in development for some time now, and the Abraham Accords provided a fillip to India’s engagement with the region. Comment. (10 Marks)
Q.3 What are the issues with the arbitration in India? What are the steps taken to make India arbitration-friendly jurisdiction? (10 Marks)
Q.4 You have recently been posted as a District Development Officer in a traditionally rural area that has seen rapid economic development in the past few years. You notice that there is a huge disparity between the number of male and female children in the area. When you go to the hospital and check the birth registry, you realise that registered new-born babies are mostly males. On further investigation, you notice a similar pattern in the village primary school, which has more male students than females. When you raise the issue with your colleagues, they ignore it and carry on with their work. You suspect that the practice of female foeticide may be entrenched in the area as you had read about the issue in the context of this state while studying for the Civil Services Examination. It seems to you that respected members of the community like doctors, politicians and government officials have chosen to ignore the issue, given the prevalence of patriarchy and mind-set of voters in the area. Thus, despite rapid economic development, preference for male child continues to persist. Based on the information above, answer the following: (a) Do you have any ethical duty in this scenario? Justify your views. (b) What would be your next steps and why? (20 Marks)
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