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Home » IMPORTANT EDITORIALS FOR UPSC 13 JAN 2017

IMPORTANT EDITORIALS FOR UPSC 13 JAN 2017

1. Surviving the drought

Tamil Nadu’s move to declare a drought, ironically on the eve of the harvest festival of Pongal, is an important step to address the agrarian distress that is sweeping the State following poor rainfall during the northeast monsoon. Even with relatively better governance structures, desperation among farmers has resulted in a spate of suicides, particularly in the Cauvery delta rice belt that has received little water from Karnataka in recent times. An official declaration of drought brings relief: postponement of loan recovery, waiver of land tax and alternative

 

2.Strategic partnership. Really?

Bilateral relations coast on diplomatic niceties and joint statements invariably use flowery language to describe relationships in the best possible terms. Nevertheless, India’s decisions over the past two decades to upgrade more than 30 of its bilateral relationships to “strategic partnerships” is excessive. While there may be many ways to parse the term, its usage in international diplomacy is fairly clear: it defines a bilateral relationship more important than others, but stops short of an actual alliance. The term “strategic” further implies a future

 

3.Give credit

RBI governor is right — structural reform and public expenditure are key to growth

 

4.Criminal Diversion: Government must look into complaints of stealing supplies meant for BSF and CRPF jawans

Two videos posted by paramilitary jawans, complaining of lack of facilities, raise concerns about corruption and poor leadership of India’s security forces. A few days ago BSF constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav, posted a video alleging…

 

5. How to make publicly-funded elections a reality

 

6. Improving India’s scientific capabilities