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 Constitution of India—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
GS-3 Issues of buffer stocks and food security
GS-4 Case Studies
Q.1 Although a bit different from modern democracy, democratic traditions have been a part of ancient Indian culture establishing the view that India is not just the world’s largest democracy, but also the “mother of democracy”. Discuss. (10 Marks)
Q.2 Do you think reservations for economically weaker sections (EWS) is justified? What are the arguments against it? (10 Marks)
Q.3 Rice export restrictions by India have heightened food security anxieties across the global market. Highlighting the reasons behind the move, examine its significance. (10 Marks)
Q.4 Mr. X is a billionaire businessman who heads a conglomerate engaged in insurance, energy generation and distribution, and manufacturing. Despite being globally known as a great philanthropist, he turned down a shareholder request seeking the disclosure of the conglomerate’s actions on issues related to climate change as well as diversity and inclusion. Because of increased attention to climate and diversity issues, many leading firms have committed themselves to incorporate relevant considerations in their business strategies. Therefore, some industry-observors wonder if Mr. X is out of touch with the industry at large and have warned him that failing to address climate change issues puts his businesses under systemic risk. But, Mr. X maintained his vote against the disclosure proposal, while at the same time acknowledged the importance of both climate change and a diverse and inclusive work force. However, Mr. X believes that such ethical issues take secondary importance to maximising shareholder profit. (a) Discuss the importance of including climate change strategies and diversity and inclusion in a business organisation? (b) In your opinion, what matters more for a business organisation – socio-environmental concerns or shareholder profit? (c) How can the two above-mentioned issues be reconciled? (20 Marks)
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