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Day 88 & 89 – Post Independence Consolidation, Executive & Judiciary & HOT
1. The recent Supreme Court verdict barring the display of pictures of ministers and leaders in government advertisements except the President, the Prime Minister, and the Chief Justice of India, though well intentioned, doesn’t put necessary checks on wasteful expenditure on advertisements and also ignores the federal structure. Do you agree? Critically analyse.
2. Hard cases often make bad laws. After the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident, the criminal justice system saw a major ovehaul including sexual crimes committed by the juveniles. However, the juvenile criminal jurisprudence in India needs to strike a balance between retributive and reformative approaches. Critically examine.
3. The Shimla Agreement concluded in the aftermath of the 1971 war with Pakistan turned out to be a lost opportunity for India. Despite being in a formidable position or rather the clear winner of the conflict, India hardly behaved as the winning side. Do you agree with this argument? Critically comment.
4. The controversy surrounding the Hindu Code Bill immediately after India became a republic and the political acumen shown by the contemporary leaders to tackle the crisis exemplifies the importance of political will in pushing difficult reforms. What clues can be taken from history in the context of the debates over the uniform civil code? Discuss.
5. The incidents of cheating and fake certificates are symptomatic of the bigger rot that has set into the education system of India. The deeper problems lie in the absence of a robust regulatory framework, lack of institutional autonomy and neglect of mass education at all levels. Critically examine the issue.
6. While India strives to better it’s record on the front of indigenization of technology, the domestic ecosystem is not conducive for measures like joint development and transfer of technology. Critically comment.