GENDER PARITY IN GOVERNANCE

Prof. V.P. Gupta,Director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, New Delhi – Jaipur – Bengaluru This article caters to the Social section of General Studies – Paper I & II and for Essay Paper in the UPSC Main Examination “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of […]

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

An average adult laughs about 10 times a day. Put that up against the 300 laughs that an average child enjoys in a single day. No wonder why the little ones are happier, healthier and more enthusiastic than the grown-ups. And this claim is not just a possibility, it is a fact understood from years […]

POLITICS OF CASTE AND RELIGION A Challenge To Indian Democracy?

One long-held shibboleth which defined the bedrock foundation of our nation, ‘Unity in Diversity’ now needs urgent replacement with ‘Unity in Adversity’. Of late, many incidents were given communal colour including murder, rape and conflicts. These cases have laid bare the quantum of bitterness and hatred running profusely among different sects and sections of our […]

A Champion Puts All He Has In Every Punch

Dear Friend, With an overhaul in economic policies, introduction of GST and with a new approach towards Digital India, the country today offers far greater opportunities than ever before to our youth. Those young men and women who have faith in themselves, the courage and the urge to reach great heights can find many openings […]

Home Rule Movement

The First World War broke out in August 1914. The Allied powers claimed that they were fighting the war for freedom and democracy. At the beginning of the war, some of the Indian nationalists took the British statesmen on their word. They offered the utmost support to the government’s war efforts. Their hope was that […]

Be Bold, Lead And Succeed

Dear Friend, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi created history when she became the first Indian woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to complete a solo flight in a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft on February 19, 2018. She completed the half-an-hour long solo flight in the Russian-origin jet in the skies over Jamnagar Air Base in […]

WE SHOULD FOLLOW OUR HOPES AND NOT FEARS

“Keep your eyes on the Sun and you will not see the shadows.” —Australian Aborigine saying The struggle for freedom in India, from an empire whose “sun never set”, was a movement driven by hope. The movement against apartheid in South Africa, in spite of several setbacks, was kept alive with hope. When Dr. Martin […]

IRRIGATION AND WATER CONSERVATION

The famous English poet Wystan Hugh Auden had once rightly said that “Water is the soul of earth” as all prominent civilisations such as the Indus Valley Civilisation, the Mesopotamian Civilisation have come up on the banks of the Indus and Nile rivers. The land along the rivers was very fertile and all these civilisations […]

GOODS & SERVICES TAX, A GAMECHANGER FOR INDIA

The 101st Amendment of the Constitution, National Goods and Services Tax is creating a radical change in the functioning of the Indian Economy. This is evident as Moody’s credit rating agency has upgraded India’s Government bond rating to Baa2 from Baa3. India has climbed 30 notches into the top 100 rankings on the World Bank’s […]

CONSUMER AWARENESS

We use a lot many types of goods for a reason. These goods are both tangible (goods) and non-tangible (services). Together goods and services are known as commodities. The reason for their use is what can be called as the “satisfaction of wants”. Wants are satisfied by using goods and services. The process of using […]

FEASIBILITY OF SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS IN INDIA

Prof. V.P. Gupta,Director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, New Delhi – Jaipur – Bengaluru The call for holding simultaneous elections has grown recently and the Prime Minister of India has advocated holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Assemblies to utilise maximum time for governance which is otherwise lost due to political campaigns and rallies. […]

TACKLING BANK FRAUDS

Prof. V.P. Gupta, Director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, New Delhi – Jaipur – Bengaluru The recent news pertaining to bank fraud by Nirav Modi in Punjab National Bank and the loan default by Rotomac has shaken India’s financial sector, leading to a government and central bank crackdown on lenders’ systems and practices. Alleged fraud cases […]