19 January 2018

A federal structure for India - Indian Polity for UPSC Civil Services

A federal structure for India


A federal structure for India was put forward by the Act of 1935

The Government of India Act 1935 is a voluminous and final constitutional effort at the governing British India.

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It articulated three major goals.

They are:



  1. Establishing a loose Federal structure 
  2. Provincial autonomy 
  3. Safeguarding minority interest through separate electorates

However in February 1937 provincial autonomy became a reality when elections were held.

Federal provisions were intended to unite princely states and British India at the centre.

The federal provisions were not implemented as of ambiguities in safeguarding the existing privileges of princes.
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13 January 2018

When will a bill lapse? - Indian Polity for UPSC Civil Services Exam

When will a bill lapse?


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A bill pending in Lok sabha, which originated in Lok sabha lapses.

A bill pending in Lok sabha, which is given to it by Rajya sabha also lapses.

A bill passed by Lok sabha but pending in Rajya sabha also lapses.

When the Lok Sabha is dissolved, all business including bills, resolutions, motions , notices, petitions and so on pending before it lapse.

Such Bills must be reintroduced in the newly-constituted Lok Sabha to be pursued further.

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11 January 2018

Works of Banadatta - Indian History for UPSC Civil Services

Works of Banadatta

Banadatta was the court poet of Harshavardhana.

Banabhatta was a Sanskrit scholar & poet of India.

Bana’s main works include a biography of Harsha, the Harshacharita & one of the world’s earliest novels, Kadambari.

He was the Asthana Kavi in the time of King Harshavardhana, who reigned in the yrs 606–647 CE in north India.

The other works attributed to him is the Parvatiparinaya.

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8 January 2018

Pluto is not the farthest planet from the Earth or Sun - World Geography for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Pluto is not the farthest planet from the Earth or Sun


The celestial body farthest from the Earth is Neptune.

Pluto, formal designation 134340 Pluto, is the 2nd -most-massive known dwarf planet in the Solar System, after Eris & the tenth-most-massive body observed directly orbiting the Sun.

Like other members of the Kuiper belt, Pluto is composed primarily of rock & ice & is relatively small.

Originally classified as the ninth planet from the Sun, Pluto was recategorized as a dwarf planet & plutoid owing to the discovery that it is only one of several big bodies within the Kuiper belt. one-6th the mass of the Earth’s Moon & one-3rd its volume.

It has an eccentric & highly inclined orbit that takes it from 30 to 49 AU (4.4–7.4 billion km) from the Sun. This causes Pluto to periodically come closer to the Sun than Neptune.

Pluto gets as close as 4.44 billion km. But its orbit is so elliptical that it gets out to a distance of 7.38 billion km.

In fact, there are times in Pluto’s orbit when Neptune passes it. Then Neptune really is the farthest planet from the Sun.

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7 January 2018

Social System of the Harappans - Indian History for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Social System of the Harappans


The archaeological record of the Indus civilization provides practically no evidence of armies, kings, slaves, social conflict, prisons, & other often negative traits that we traditionally related with early civilizations.

Besides, compared to other ancient civilizations the houses were of nearly equal size signalling a more egalitarian social structure

If there were neither slaves nor kings, a more egalitarian system of governance may have been practiced.

So, the Social System of the Harappans was fairly egalitarian.
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3 January 2018

Tirthankaras in Jainism - Indian History for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Tirthankaras in Jainism


In Jainism, Rishabh was the 1st of the 24 Tirthankaras who established the Ikshavaku dynasty.

He was the 1st Tirthankara of the present age. As of this, he was called Adinath. He is indicated in the Hindu text of the Bhagavata Purana as an avatar of Vishnu.

In Jainism, a Tirthankara is a human being who helps in attaining liberation & enlightenment as an “Arihant” by destroying all of their soul constraining (ghati) karmas, became a role-model & leader for those seeking spiritual guidance.

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1 January 2018

Effect of the Govt. of India Act, 1935 on our Constitution - Indian Polity for Civil Services Exam

Effect of the Govt. of India Act, 1935 on our Constitution


The most profound influence on the Indian Constitution was exercised by the Government of India Act of 1935. Such features as the federal scheme, office of governor, power of federal judiciary, emergency powers etc were drawn from this Act.

The British practice influenced the lawmaking procedures, rule of law, system of single citizenship, besides, of course, the model of a parliamentary government.

The US Constitution inspired details on the independence of judiciary, judicial review, fundamental rights, & the removal of Supreme Court & High Court judges.

The Irish Constitution was the source of the Directive Principles, method of Presidential elections, & the nomination of members of Rajya Sabha by the President.
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