Archive | September 18, 2014

Current Events Chronology: Polity Compilation Jan-July 2014


Dear friends,

The importance of current affairs has increased in the recent years. As a result, we spend a lot of time reading and researching the newpapers and magazines. We have compiled important news and current events for the months of January to mid-July, to help the fellow aspirants prepare for the exams.

This is the polity section of the news and events for the months of January to mid-July. We will update and cover the coming months soon.

Hope it will be helpful for the fellow aspirants in their jouney to the UPSC.

Thank you for your support and appreaciation.

All the material related to the current events have been placed, in a revised form in a chronological order. This will help you know about the events in a systematic order.

Here is a sample of events that the file would cover: Read More…

[Part 1] French Revolution: The French Society


France was a strong and powerful state in the 18th century. She had seized vast territories in North America, islands in the West Indies. However, despite its outward strength, the French monarchy was facing a crisis which was to lead to its destruction.

French Society

The political and social system of France before the French Revolution was known as the ‘Ancient Regime’ or the ‘Old Regime‘. French society was divided into Estates, or classes. All rights and status flowed from the social institutions, which were divided into three orders. There was no national citizenship. Read More…

Industry Vs. Agriculture: Prime Moving Force Debate


Soon after the independence, the Indian government selected industry to be the prime moving force of the Indian development. However, there was a great debate over this choice, as agriculture was thought to be more suitable for the role of the prime moving force in India.

The selection of industry as the prime moving force was also questioned as:

  1. There was almost an absence of infrastructure sector, like- power, transport, and communication, in India;

  2. There was also a negligible presence of infrastructure industries, like Iron & Steel, Cement, Coal, Crude Oil, Oil Refinery and Electricity;

  3. Lack of investible capital;

  4. Absence of required technology to support industrialization. There was also no R&D in India;

  5. Lack of skilled manpower;

  6. absence of entrepreneurship among the Indian masses;

  7. Absence of the market for the industrial goods.

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