Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 21 July 2021

Content: Accepting radical otherness Accepting radical otherness Context: The U.S.-based Pew Research Center’s survey has thrown up an interesting finding on religious tolerance in India: Indians of all faiths, paradoxically, support both religious tolerance and religious segregation. Most Indians (84%) surveyed said that respecting all religions is very important to them and all religious groups […]

Accepting radical otherness

Context: The U.S.-based Pew Research Center’s survey has thrown up an interesting finding on religious tolerance in India: Indians of all faiths, paradoxically, support both religious tolerance and religious segregation. Most Indians (84%) surveyed said that respecting all religions is very important to them and all religious groups must be allowed to practise their faith […]

Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam – 21 July 2021

Contents Pegasus spyware issue in India Explained SC quashes parts of the 97th amendment Oxfam report on sharp inequalities in health indicators SC on ‘punishment’ for political parties facing contempt Pegasus spyware issue in India Explained Context: At least a 1,000 Indian phone numbers are in a list of potential targets of surveillance using the […]

SC on ‘punishment’ for political parties facing contempt

Context: Political parties facing contempt for defying a Supreme Court judgment to declare or publicise the criminal antecedents of their candidates before elections may run the risk of derecognition or a time-bound forfeiture of their election symbols. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Constitutional Provisions, Judiciary) Dimensions of the Article: Indian Constitution: Regarding Contempt of court […]

Oxfam report on sharp inequalities in health indicators

Context: Sharp inequalities exist across different caste, religious, class and gender categories on various health indicators, according to a recent report by Oxfam India. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues Related to Poverty, Issues related to Minorities, SCs & STs & Women, Human Resource) Dimensions of the Article: 1.        Highlights of the India Inequality Report 2021 2.        Way […]

SC quashes parts of the 97th amendment

Context: The Supreme Court in a 2:1 majority verdict upheld the validity of the 97th constitutional amendment that deals with issues related to effective management of cooperative societies but struck down a part inserted by it which relates to the Constitution and working of cooperative societies. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Constitutional Provisions, Judiciary, Government […]

Pegasus spyware issue in India Explained for UPSC

Context: A number of reports on Pegasus Spyware in India indicate that at least 1,000 Indian phone numbers are in a list of potential targets of surveillance using the Pegasus spyware. An Israeli company, the NSO Group, sells the Pegasus spyware to “vetted governments”. The evidence is strong that Indian citizens were indeed targets of […]

PIB – 21 July 2021

CONSUMER PROTECTION (E-COMMERCE) RULES 2020 PROPOSED AMENDMENT Focus: Government policies and Interventions Why in News ? For the purposes of preventing unfair trade practices in e-commerce Central Government had notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 with effect from 23 July 2020.  Proposed amendments: Chief Compliance Officer It aims to ensure compliance to their orders […]