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My Notes 14 Oct 2016 30-11--0001

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Please Follow My Notes and My Video 14 October 2016



Dalits - When Jai  Bhim  meets  Lal  Salaam

Background – the view of Ambedkarites and left parties on caste in India is Very different. Ambedkarites believe in the assertive identity of Dalits and claiming their political power of the state. Leftists believe in the class differences in India and do not differentiate the working class struggle on the basis of identity.  Here the observations on the ground are

  1. Ruling class in India has sponsored the elite class among the Dalits. They intern nurtured the sectarian approach among the Dalits. There is no unity among the oppressed and parties representing them in India.
  2. Class contradictions exist among the OBC and Dalits in most of the northern states and unity among them is not possible. In such a scenario, critical mass necessary for gaining the electoral victory is not possible.
  3. Left parties are also on descending path and it is the time they shall recognise the role played by the caste in India. It need to be acknowledged that workers in India are already divided among the caste lines.
  4. Given that overwhelming majority of Dalits are working class, there is a natural affinity of political alignment between Ambedkarites and leftists.


Of Politics and administration

Statement – the objective of administrative decentralisation can only bear fruits if it gets admixed with effective people participation.

In newly created Telangana state, govt has decided to carve out 21 new districts. It is bound to increase the reach of the administration to the Public, better monitoring and delivery of the public programs and even spread of the resources.

Added to this, if people are made partners in to the decision making exercise it can improve the developmental effectiveness.

But, the state shall incur the huge expenditure to create necessary infrastructure and to bear the increased expenditure. It may be a burden to a newly created state.


Pak – Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina - We are frustrated with Pak., says Hasina

Highlights of the interview

  1. Government has zero tolerance for the terror policy.
  2. Bangladesh counter terrorism program involves educational campaigns and awareness generation through civil society and media participation.
  3. ISIS has no presence on the Bangladesh soil.
  4. SAARC pull out of Bangladesh has different reasons from India. It is mostly related to the criticism of Pakistan and a statement in its parliament against the war crimes tribunal work process.
  5. Closer ties with China are necessary for regional prosperity.
  6. India and Bangladesh Land Boundary agreement is an example to the world how the people and land can be exchanged peacefully.







Uniform civil code –

Need to know

A)     Meaning

B)     Art 44 of the constitution

C)     Why India need it ?

D)     How is it connected to the Secularism, Gender Justice?

E)      What are the SC Judgements on the same?

AIMPLB has rejected to join the consultations organised by the Law commission on the issue of Uniform civil code. It objected to the idea on the ground that it will disrupt the pluralistic culture of the country.


Parliament – Chairman of Rajya Sabha has recognised a group of Independent members and belonging to parties having less than 4 members as a consolidated bloc – It is expected to increase the time allocated for them on various issues in Rajya Sabha.


Nobel for literature – is awarded to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expression with in the great American song tradition.


GHG – green House Gas - India to ban release of potent greenhouse gas

HFC – 23 is a GHG and refrigerant that do not cause ozone depletion. So,  Hydro flourochloro carbons are replaced with HFC 23, as refrigerant in most of the countries. But it is later identified as a potent Green house gas with highest warming potential.


Citizenship act - Opposition,  NGOs slam  move  to  amend Citizenship  Act

The proposed amendment to citizenship act 1955 intends to provide for granting citizenship to persecuted minorities from the countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan. It creates exception for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians. It  reduces the requirement of 11years to 6 years of residence for grant of the citizenship under naturalisation.

It discriminates the immigrants in to the Assam after March 24, 1971 on the grounds of the religion. Hindu stands to gain but the Muslims need to be deported. (as per the Assam Accord signed in 1985, any Bangladeshi Immigrants entered in to India after March24, 1971 need to be deported back. Nationalregister of the citizens is being updated for the same.


Agri irradiation centres – it refers to giving small doses of Irradiation to the perishable food products to increase their shelf life. It reduces the post harvest losses.

India and Russia have made an agreement to establish agri irradiation centres as part of their civil nuclear cooperation agreement.


Question of the day

Do you think Issue of Uniform civil code need to be seen from the plurality perspective rather than Gender Justice dimension?




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