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Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 12 July 2022


Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 12 July 2022


Contents

  1. The new ‘normal’ of political splits and shifts.
  2. Nord Stream 1 gas link.

The New ‘Normal’ of Political Splits and Shifts.


Context

‘The current phase is bizarre when compared to the past because dominant parties appear to be actively encouraging splits and shifts and having no respect for the basic rules of the game’  Parties are more closely aligned with the state; the party bond exists only as long as it ensures a legislator’s success.

Relevance:

GS Paper 2: Parliament and State Legislatures

  • structure, functioning
  • conduct of business
  • powers & privileges and issues arising out of these

Mains Question:

Does Anti-Defection Law, while deterring defections, restricts a legislator from voting as per his conscience and erodes his independence? Comment (250 words)

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Nord Stream 1 Gas Link


Context:

Nord Stream 1 is a 1,224-km underwater gas pipeline from Vyborg, Russia, to Lubmin, Germany. Nord Stream 1, Germany’s main source of Russian gas, was shut down July 11 for maintenance. European countries fear Russia will extend the temporary gas supply suspension in retaliation for current sanctions.

Relevance:

Mains Paper 2: International relations: Important International Institutions, Bilateral, regional and global groupings

Mains Question:

What are the two Nord Streams that have recently made headlines? Are they a strong pillar for Russia’s strategic importance in Europe? Comment.

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