1. Democracy
  2. Economy, Development
  3. Science, Religion, society
  4. Environment, Healthcare
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  1. True character of a democratic country is in its adherence to the due process of law. (during SC hearing on custodial torture.)
  2. Regional chauvinism- the biggest threat to federalism.
  3. Majoritarian Populism is as bad as an authoritarian state. Context: this Hindu column
  4. Proactive citizens are nation’s greatest asset- Modi
  5. Terrorism- an evil scourge against whole of mankind. (MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin)
  6. Can undoing the wrongs of past, cure all the problems of India? (Jaitley says alone it can’t)
  7. Non-violence and peaceful coexistence- the key determinants of Indian philosophy.
  8. Universalism and collective security- the final objectives of state policy.

Economy, Development

  1. India needs its own growth-model without upscaling western ideas.
  2. Second generation of economic reforms in India needs more than just one big bang idea. (Jaitley).
  3. Cleanliness is the greatest service to the poor- Modi
  4. Can social intervention alone eradicate inequality & social disparity?
  5. Growth strategies cannot succeed without equality of opportunity.
  6. Can growth and social inclusion can be pursued together?
  7. New urbanism in India.

Science, Religion, society

  1. Emotional intelligence — A novel psychological vaccine. (seminar topic).
  2. science and faith take us to the same place.
  3. Scientific temper among Indian citizens. (Context: Modi linking Ganesha and Mahabharat with scientific innovation)
  4. To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. (says Stephen Hawking)
  5. India needs to spurn western model of feminism. (says Commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Recall earlier Emma Watson too highlighted faults in that model.)
  6. Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, but because of the inactivity of the good people. (Swami vivekanand. Edmund Burke too made similar quote.)

Environment, Healthcare

  1. Climate change can’t be reverted without bringing the North-South Divide. (G20 Sherpa Suresh Prabhu).
  2. Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)- the major threat to national development. [says report of World Economic Forum]
  3. Can India move beyond the conflicts between conservation and development?
  4. Can development and environment protection go hand in hand?

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