[Essays] September Week2: 21 Topics for UPSC Mains: Fanaticism, Colonizing Culture, Age of Loneliness, piecemeal WW-III

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Write Essay on one of the following topics. 2500 words, 3 hours. 

  1. “Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair.” (Vivekanand, Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893. Modi cited in in 9/11 remembrance tweet)
  2. Had it not been for the horrible demons of violence and fanaticism, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. (Vivekanand)
  3. There is no greater human virtue to be practiced than the ability to show compassion. (some column)
  4. Today’s victims are tomorrow’s perpetrators hidden in plain sight. (UNICEF- in context that child victims of extreme violence in their early years, end up as perpetrators themselves.)
  5. Global economy is not utilising women effectively (IMF chief)
  6. Independence of judiciary is non-negotiable (CJI Lodha)
  7. A Justice System for the Resurgent India. (Seminar topic of CJI Lodha)
  8. Spate of conflicts around the globe today are effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War. (Pope)
  9. Greed, intolerance, the lust for power- the three motives for War. (Pope)
  10. Benefits of living in a multipolar world (editorial topic)
  11. Indian tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain. (some column)
  12. Globalization does not only mean the conversion of the world into a common market.  (Harsh Vardhan)
  13. Innovation is a form of forgetting, of erasure in the name of improvement. (some column)
  14. Smart leadership and smart people are essential pre-requisites for making cities smart. (Minister in a seminar)
  15. Culture is a device through which all values acquired over generations is filtered (some seminar)
  16. Colonizing powers used culture as a tool of domination (some seminar)
  17. Only cultural approach will solve the problem of caste system (some seminar)
  18. There are no “natural disasters”- only inadequately planned human settlements. (J&K floods related column)
  19. “It is not the strongest nor can the most intelligent will that survive but those that adapt to changes.” (Charles Darwin- in context of House sparrow not becoming extinct but shifting to other areas)
  20. The Age of Loneliness. (Context: one day entire biodiversity will be lost, and then human race will feel emotional shock.)
  21. Families are the bricks that build society. (Pope)
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52 Comments on “[Essays] September Week2: 21 Topics for UPSC Mains: Fanaticism, Colonizing Culture, Age of Loneliness, piecemeal WW-III”

  1. Brother Very Good Piece of Writting !! Amazing Content , Expression , Presentation , Speed !! All is Perfect /

    Brother , I need some suggestion from you ,
    I am Beginner and doing Basics ( NCERTS + Reference Books like Laxmikanth , Ramesh Singh) , have fininshed NCERT 11 12th twice and completed one reading of Laxmikanth and Ramesh Singh . Aiming for 2015.

    Brother How can I develop writing skills in me ? I mean while reading these book , i got the content /matter/knowledge but at same time unable to give answers of exercises’s questions. How can I go for answer writting ????

    My English is also poor (as Engg Background) , How can I overcome all these ??? How to improve English and

    Your piece of writting is amazed , Perfect English , Perfect Vocabulary , Content . Brother and Seniors Please Guide Me.

    Problems – Poor English , Poor Vocabulary , Poor ” Way of Expression of Knowledge inside me ”

    Please Guide !! Please

  2. @ ABHAY @ Seniors

    Brother Very Good Piece of Writting !! Amazing Content , Expression , Presentation , Speed !! All is Perfect /

    Brother , I need some suggestion from you ,
    I am Beginner and doing Basics ( NCERTS + Reference Books like Laxmikanth , Ramesh Singh) , have fininshed NCERT 11 12th twice and completed one reading of Laxmikanth and Ramesh Singh . Aiming for 2015.

    Brother How can I develop writing skills in me ? I mean while reading these book , i got the content /matter/knowledge but at same time unable to give answers of exercises’s questions. How can I go for answer writting ????

    My English is also poor (as Engg Background) , How can I overcome all these ??? How to improve English and

    Your piece of writting is amazed , Perfect English , Perfect Vocabulary , Content . Brother and Seniors Please Guide Me.

    Problems – Poor English , Poor Vocabulary , Poor ” Way of Expression of Knowledge inside me ”

    Please Guide !! Please

  3. Essay on There are no “natural disasters”- only inadequately planned human settlements…https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5AET2V2DiDWVnhjeC1HNkxneWs/edit?usp=sharing
    It was tough to write on this topic provided its ambiguous nature. Writing on just one statement proved bit difficult. It took me good 3.5 hours to type. But I have tried including varied aspects based on my knowledge. Factual errors might have crept in, so please correct it on your own and update the same in comment section. All the readers are requested to provide criticism and extra points that could have been incorporated.

    I have also updated the previous essay on Sectarianism https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5AET2V2DiDWUkExYkpiNnN0alU/edit?usp=sharing

  4. @ ABHAY @ Seniors

    Brother Very Good Piece of Writting !! Amazing Content , Expression , Presentation , Speed !! All is Perfect /

    Brother , I need some suggestion from you ,
    I am Beginner and doing Basics ( NCERTS + Reference Books like Laxmikanth , Ramesh Singh) , have fininshed NCERT 11 12th twice and completed one reading of Laxmikanth and Ramesh Singh . Aiming for 2015.

    Brother How can I develop writing skills in me ? I mean while reading these book , i got the content /matter/knowledge but at same time unable to give answers of exercises’s questions. How can I go for answer writting ????

    My English is also poor (as Engg Background) , How can I overcome all these ??? How to improve English and

    Your piece of writting is amazed , Perfect English , Perfect Vocabulary , Content . Brother and Seniors Please Guide Me.

    Problems – Poor English , Poor Vocabulary , Poor ” Way of Expression of Knowledge inside me ”

    Please Guide !! Please

    1. Well.. To begin with you start reading editorials from various newspapers over various current affairs and various articles of different themes. Then after reading try to re write on the same topic by yourself. Also on some static topics you may write as beginner like we used to do in schools. Practice this for at least a month. Then start writing on various topics as Mrunal Sir has already posted in the site. I hope this will give u at least some positive direction. For the rest I request others to please comment.

      1. Sorry for my direct comment wanted to ask that how to take self notes while reading current affairs from your website as it is very difficult for me to solve the question that . please help me in this issue.

  5. Single word with wide meanings and if possible, explaining through current happenings will be the star mark of an essay. Mrunal sir, if i write with simple words and try to explain the meaning of the statements by passages then am i on the wrong track?
    I read the essay posted on the shared link and found some hard to understand and some giving judgement about some approaches. So what should be the right approach to ponder upon while writing these topics.
    Will it not be right to use easy words and common view and peeping something from gloabal perspective .
    This is my first attempt to write an essay, please help.

  6. I may just share my experience. In 2011, i wrote essay on “popular culture and cinema”. I used very simple English as i didn’t have what you call a standard vocabulary. language was very simple but i think what worked was my line of thought and expression and i tell u one more thing that i didn’t prepare a single topic for essay. Though I’m not saying that u don’t need to prepare but to say what matters most is the reach of your thought and new angles to look at things. Just don’t restrict yourself within certain set of thoughts provided by available materials. Take your independent line of imagination and don’t be bookish .I’m again saying that this is what i experienced and I’m not an expert on the matter.Lastly,to boost you and other people getting afraid of their small vocabulary i must tell that i really got some good marks in essay.

  7. hey,
    i am also preparing with psychology optional. though paper 1 is my bastion. still have to do alot of work in the paper 2.
    still let me know, if i can be of some help.
    all the best

  8. Essay on Global economy is not utilising women effectively (IMF chief). I found this essay bit difficult to write. I feel the essay i have written is not coherent. Finished it in 3Hrs and 10 Mins. All those who will be reading it, please drop in your comments and extra points to be added. I have tried including varied points and readers are free to provide any sort of criticism they wish to.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5AET2V2DiDWTXE2TTlVcDdQNzA/edit?usp=sharing

  9. HELLO guyzzz
    i wanted to ask that how to take self notes while reading current affairs from your website as it is very difficult for me to solve the question on current issue. MRUNAL.ORG’S video on how to read THE HINDU was very helpful for me please help me in this issue.

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