Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 30 June 2021

Contents Méndez’s anti-torture vision and India Méndez’s anti-torture vision and India Context: Launched in June 2020, the ‘Principles on Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering’, dubbed the ‘Méndez Principles’, were developed through a comprehensive, expert-driven consultative process. Relevance: GS-II: Polity and Governance (Constitutional Provisions and Historical Underpinnings, Government Policies and Interventions), GS-II: International Relations […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 29 June 2021

Contents The law of sedition is unconstitutional The law of sedition is unconstitutional Context: In Vinod Dua’s case (2021), the Supreme Court of India has reaffirmed the law of sedition laid down in Kedar Nath Singh (1962) and directed governments to adhere to it. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Health related issues, Government Interventions and Policies, […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 28 June 2021

Contents LGBTQ+ community: Full equality still out of reach DMCA & protection of intellectual property online LGBTQ+ community: Full equality still out of reach Context: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Relevance: GS-II: Social […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 26 June 2021

Contents Higher thresholds for Small and Medium Companies The rural economy can jump-start a revival Higher thresholds for Small and Medium Companies Context: The Corporate Affairs Ministry has expanded the turnover and borrowing thresholds for Small and Medium sized Companies (SMC), allowing a larger number of firms to benefit from reporting exemptions under accounting norms. […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 25 June 2021

Contents Re-energising India’s Africa policy Re-energising India’s Africa policy Context: The Narendra Modi government designed a forward-looking strategy to deepen relations with African countries. Even as the COVID-19 era began in March 2020, New Delhi took new initiatives to assist Africa through prompt despatch of medicines and later vaccines. Relevance: GS-II: International Relations (Foreign Policies […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 24 June 2021

Contents The gender technology gap has to end The ‘Union government’ has a unifying effect The gender technology gap has to end Context: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has swept South Asia in recent months, existing inequalities have come to light. One aspect stands out: access to technology has never been so […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 23 June 2021

Contents Policy creep: On e-commerce and overregulation risks Policy creep: On e-commerce and overregulation risks Context: Barely 11 months after the Government notified the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs has mooted a set of sweeping amendments, ostensibly “to protect the interests of consumers and encourage free and fair competition in […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 22 June 2021

Contents Towards a more federal structure Towards a more federal structure Context: India’s hard-won independence and unity needs to be preserved as there are threats from China and there may be threats from Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws its troops. A transition to a more federal structure will allow the Centre to focus on external […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 21 June 2021

Contents The comrades and their divergent perspectives The comrades and their divergent perspectives Context: Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently asserted that both the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, are “responsible” enough to solve issues between their countries, while underlining the need to debar any “extra-regional power” to interfere […]

Editorials/Opinions Analyses for UPSC – 19 June 2021

Contents Looking beyond the binary to a spectrum on same sex marriage Looking beyond the binary to a spectrum on same sex marriage Context: Recently, when the cases surrounding the question of same-sex marriages came up before the High Court of Delhi, the Union Government had the matter adjourned and overlooked the basic notion that […]