Topics for Today’s questions:
GS-1 Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of art forms, literature and architecture from ancient to modern times.
GS-2 Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
GS-3 Government Budgeting.
GS-4 Human Values – Lessons from the Lives and Teachings of Great Leaders, Reformers and Administrators; Role of Family Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values.
Q.1 Hampi is aptly called ‘the city carved in stone’. Elucidate the architectural and historical significance of this site. (10 Marks)
Q.2 Strategic partnerships capable of re-shaping the international global order cannot be based simply on a negative agenda. In the context of this, examine the need for a reckoning with how interrelated climate and trade are to securing U.S.-India leadership globally, and how their strategic efforts can flounder without a sincere commitment to a robust bilateral agenda on both fronts. (10 Marks)
Q.3 Policy differences between parties and coalitions arouse heated debates. But relatively scant attention is paid to whether the stated policy or enacted law — of any persuasion — delivered the intended outcomes/results. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the annual budget modalities followed by the Union and state governments. In light of this, examine the issues with the budget modalities. (10 Marks)
Q.4 What are the main factors responsible for gender inequality in India? Discuss the contribution of Savitribai Phule in this regard. (10 Marks)
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