Weekly Current Affairs Mains (19th to 25th May, 2019)
Topic: India’s engagements in the Indian Ocean
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2: International Affairs
The Indian Ocean covers at least one fifth of the world’s total ocean area.It is bounded by Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (known as the western Indian Ocean), India’s coastal waters (the central Indian Ocean), and the Bay of Bengal near Myanmar and Indonesia (the eastern Indian Ocean).
The Indian Ocean matters today, arguably more than ever. It is a major conduit for international trade, especially energy.Its littoral is vast, densely populated, and comprised of some of the world’s fastest growing regions.The Ocean is also a valuable source of fishing and mineral resources. The Indian Ocean basin is of particular importance for India, as the region’s most populous country and geopolitical keystone.
Topic: The War on Terror is in peril
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3: Security Issues
The brutal attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, for which the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility, have reignited discussion on the global ‘War on Terror’.Scholars and officials across the world are studying the links of the bombers to the IS’s former ‘Caliphate’ in Syria, where at least two of the bombers are believed to have travelled, and several leaders have now called for a greater focus on the global dimensions of the counter-terrorism effort.The increase in attacks and deaths across more countries has meant that the impact of terrorism is becoming more widespread, even as deaths from terrorism are decreasing.As the intensity of terrorism has increased over the last two decades, its impact has also spread to more countries around the world.
Topic: Is the future of Indian democracy secure?
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2:Indian Polity
Over the past few months, in discussions and rhetoric surrounding the parliamentary elections, there had many instances struck by the disjuncture between the concerns expressed.
On the one hand, by the liberal elite who write in the English press and engage in debates on the more serious talk shows and, and on the other, the preoccupation of the majority of Indian voters who will decide the winner of the electoral contest.
This article merely seeks to highlight the disconnectedness between elite and mass concerns and bring out its implications for the future of Indian democracy.
In this article, author explained about two aspects of democracies which are substantial and procedural in nature.
Topic : Shanta Kumar Committee Report: Analysis
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 3 :IndianEconomy
A High-Level Committee (HLC) was appointed and chaired by former food minister Shanta Kumar, on restructuring of the FCI in August 2014. The HLC, in its report submitted its recommendations in January 2015.
Topic: US-China tariff war: An opportunity for India
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2:International Affairs
A year into the US-China tariff war, its implications for India are still unfolding. India is losing its surplus with the US. It is gaining exports, and hence, narrowing its deficit with China. India can take the space vacated by the warring partners.
Topic: Setting up of Indo-Pacific wing in the MEA
Topic in Syllabus: General Studies Paper 2 :Indian Governance
The Indo-Pacific wing was set up in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in April 2019. This wing will provide a strategic coherence to the Prime Minister’s Indo-Pacific vision, integrating the IORA, the ASEAN region and the Quad to the Indo-Pacific dynamic.
Given that the term Indo-Pacific has been gaining currency and how major regional actors are articulating their regional visions, it was becoming imperative for India to operationalise its Indo-Pacific policy.
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