Samajho UPSC Essay Series | Part 4 | Theme-wise Previous Years Essay Papers

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Themes wise Essays of last 29 years (1993-2021)

Following subsections consists of theme wise previous years essays of CSE Mains examination.

Philosophical, Quote based and Ethics
  • The process of self-discovery has now been technologically outsourced. 2021
  • Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me. 2021
  • Philosophy of wantlessness is Utopian, while materialism is a chimera. 2021
  • The real is rational and the rational is real. 2021
  • Mindful manifesto is the catalyst to a tranquil self -2020
  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication -2020
  • Ships don’t sink because of water around them ships sink because of water that gets into them. -2020
  • Life is a long journey between human being and being humane. -2020
  • Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be -2019
  • Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society -2019
  • Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success -2019
  • Wisdom finds truth -2019
  • ‘The past’ is a permanent dimension of human consciousness and values. -2018
  • A people that values its privileges above its principles loses both. -2018
  • Customary morality cannot be a guide to modern life. -2018
  • A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. -2018
  • Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it. -2018
  • We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws. -2017
  • Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. -2017
  • Need brings greed, if greed increases it spoils breed. -2016
  • Character of an institution is reflected in its leader. -2015
  • Lending hands to someone is better than giving a dole. -2015
  • Quick but steady wins the race. -2015
  • With greater power comes greater responsibility. -2014
  • Words are sharper than the two-edged sword. -2014
  • Be the change you want to see in others (Gandhi)-2013
  • Discipline means success, anarchy means ruin -2008
  • Attitude makes, habit makes character and character makes a man. -2007
  • There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. -2003
  • Search for truth can only be a spiritual problem. -2002
  • If youth knew, if age could. -2002
  • The paths of glory lead but to the grave. -2002
  • The pursuit of excellence. -2001
  • Youth culture today. -1999
  • Truth is lived, not taught -1996
  • Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of civilisation. -1995
  • Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. -1995
  • When money speaks, the truth is silent. -1995
  • Useless life is an early death. -1994
  • Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret -1994
  • He would reigns within himself and folds his passions and desires and fears is more than a king. -1993
  • Compassion is the basic of all morality of the world -1993
  • Hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. 2021
  • Patriarchy is the least noticed yet the most significant structure of social inequality -2020
  • Fulfilment of ‘new woman’ in India is a myth. -2017
  • If development is not engendered, it is endangered. -2016
  • Managing work and home – is the Indian working woman getting a fair deal ?-2012
  • Women’s reservation bill would usher in empowerment for women in India. -2006
  • If women ruled the world -2005
  • The hand that rocks the cradle -2005
  • Whither women’s emancipation? -2004
  • Empowerment alone cannot help our women. -2001
  • Women empowerment: challenges and prospects. -1999
  • Woman is god’s best creation. -1998
  • The new emerging women power: the ground realities. -1995
  • Greater political power alone will not improve women’s plight. -1997
  • Men have failed: let women take over. -1993
Indian Society, Culture and Values
  • From traditional Indian philanthropy to the gates-buffet model-a natural progression or a paradigm shift? -2010
  • Culture is what we are, civilization is what we have -2020
  • Indian culture today: a myth or a reality? -2000
  • Modernism and our traditional socio-ethical values. -2000
  • The composite culture of India. -1998
  • New cults and godmen: a threat to traditional religion -1996
  • The Indian society at the crossroads. -1994
  • Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness. -2019
  • Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms. -2017
  • Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make a man more clever devil-2015
  • Are the standardized tests good measure of academic ability or progress? -2014
  • Is the growing level of competition good for the youth? -2014
  • Credit – based higher education system – status, opportunities and challenges -2011
  • Is an egalitarian society possible by educating the masses ? -2008
  • Independent thinking should be encouraged right form the childhood. -2007
  • “Education for all” campaign in India: myth or reality. -2006
  • What is real education? -2005
  • Privatization of higher education in India. -2002
  • Irrelevance of the classroom. -2001
  • Literacy is growing very fast, but there is no corresponding growth in education. -1996
  • Restructuring of the Indian education system. -1995
Media, TV, Cinema and Internet
  • Biased media is a real threat to Indian democracy. -2019
  • Is sting operation an invasion on privacy? -2014
  • Does Indian cinema shape our popular culture or merely reflect it? -2011
  • Role of media in good governance -2008
  • How has satellite television brought about cultural change in Indian mindsets? -2007
  • Responsibility of media in a democracy. -2002
  • Mass media and cultural invasion. -1999
  • The misinterpretation and misuse of freedom in India. -1998
Poverty, Growth vs Development, Environment vs Development
  • Poverty anywhere is a threat to prosperity everywhere. -2018
  • Alternative technologies for a climate change resilient India. -2018
  • Digital economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality. -2016
  • Innovation is the key determinant of economic growth and social welfare. -2016
  • Near jobless growth in India: An anomaly or an outcome of economic reforms. -2016
  • Crisis faced in India – moral or economic. -2015
  • Can capitalism bring inclusive growth? -2015
  • Was it the policy paralysis or the paralysis of implementation which slowed the growth of our country? -2014
  • GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country-2013
  • Should a moratorium be imposed on all fresh mining in tribal areas of the country? -2010
  • Urbanisation and its hazards -2008
  • Protection of ecology and environment is essential for sustained economic development. -2006
  • Resource management in the Indian context. -1999
  • Urbanization is a blessing in disguise. -1997
  • Economic growth without distributive justice is bound to breed violence. -1993
  • Ecological considerations need not hamper development. -1993
Social Justice
  • There can be no social justice without economic prosperity but economic prosperity without social justice is meaningless -2020
  • Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness. -2019
  • The focus of health care is increasingly getting skewed towards the ‘haves’ of our society. -2009
  • Food security for sustainable national development -2005
  • Reservation, politics and empowerment. -1999
Economy (All GS3 topics related to Indian Economy)
  • Farming has lost the ability to be a source of subsistence for the majority of farmers in India. -2017
  • Tourism: Can this be the next big thing for India? -2014
  • Is the criticism that the ‘Public-Private-Partnership’ (PPP) model for development is more of a bane than a boon in the Indian context, justified ?-2012
  • Are our traditional handicrafts doomed to a slow death? -2009
  • Special economic zone: boon or bane -2008
  • BPO boom in India. -2007
  • Globalization would finish small-scale industries in India. -2006
  • Multinational corporations – saviours or saboteurs -1994
  • What is research, but a blind date with knowledge! 2021
  • Technology as the silent factor in international relations -2020
  • Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling. -2019
  • ‘Social media’ is inherently a selfish medium. -2017
  • Cyberspace and Internet : Blessing or curse to the human civilization in the long run -2016
  • Technology cannot replace manpower. -2015
  • Science and technology is the panacea for the growth and security of the nation-2013
  • Science and Mysticism : Are they compatible ?-2012
  • Increasing computerization would lead to the creation of a dehumanized society. -2006
  • The lure of space. -2004
  • Spirituality and scientific temper. -2003
  • Modern technological education and human values. -2002
  • The march of science and the erosion of human values. -2001
  • The cyberworld: its charms and challenges. -2000
  • Value-based science and education. -1999
  • The modern doctor and his patients. -1997
  • Computer: the harbinger of silent revolution. -1993
India as a Nation
  • History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce. 2021
  • Dreams which should not let India sleep. -2015
  • Fifty Golds in Olympics: Can this be a reality for India? -2014
  • Is the Colonial mentality hindering India’s Success? -2013
  • In the context of Gandhiji’s views on the matter, explore, on an evolutionary scale, the terms
  • ‘Swadhinata’, ‘Swaraj’ and ‘Dharmarajya’. Critically comment on their contemporary relevance to Indian democracy -2012
  • How far has democracy in India delivered the goods? -2003
  • Why should we be proud of being Indians? -2000
  • What have we gained from our democratic set-up? -2001
  • What we have not learnt during fifty years of independence. -1997
  • Whither Indian democracy? -1995
  • What we have not learnt during fifty years of independence. -1997
  • My vision of India in 2001 a.d. -1993
Federalism, Decentralisation
  • Impact of the new economic measures on fiscal ties between the union and states in India.-2017
  • Water disputes between States in federal India. -2016
  • Cooperative federalism : Myth or reality. -2016
  • Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implication -2011
  • Evaluation of the panchayati raj system in India from the point of view of eradication of power to people. -2007
  • Water resources should be under the control of the central government. -2004
  • The language problem in India: its past, present and prospects. -1998
  • There are better practices to ‘best practices’. 2021
  • How should a civil servant conduct himself? -2003
  • The country’s need for a better disaster management system. -2000
  • The VIP cult is a bane of Indian democracy -1996
  • Need for transparency in public administration -1996
  • Politics without ethics is a disaster. -1995
  • Politics, bureaucracy and business – fatal triangle. -1994
  • We may brave human laws but cannot resist natural laws. -2017
  • Justice must reach the poor -2005
  • Judicial activism and Indian democracy. -2004
  • Judicial activism. -1997
  • South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities. -2019
  • Geography may remain the same ; history need not. -2010
  • Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role. -2010
  • ‘Globalization’ vs. ‘Nationalism’ -2009
  • National identity and patriotism -2008
  • Globalizations and its impact on Indian culture. -2004
  • The masks of new imperialism. -2003
  • As civilization advances culture declines. -2003
  • My vision of an ideal world order. -2001
  • The implications of globalization for India. -2000
  • India’s contribution to world wisdom. -1998
  • The world of the twenty-first century. -1998
  • Modernisation and westernisation are not identical concepts. -1994
International Relations
  • Technology as the silent factor in international relations -2020
  • Has the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) lost its relevance in a multipolar world ? -2017
  • Importance of Indo-US nuclear agreement -2006
  • India’s role in promoting ASEAN co-operation. -2004
  • Restructuring of UNO reflect present realities -1996
  • The global order: political and economic -1993
  • Management of Indian border dispute is a complex task. -2018
  • In the Indian context , both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism -2011
  • Are we a ‘soft’ state ? -2009
  • Good fences make good neighbours -2009
  • Is autonomy the best answer to combat balkanization? -2007
  • Terrorism and world peace -2005
  • True religion cannot be misused. -1997


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