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IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | 11th May 2020

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.– Winston Churchill

Dear Aspirants
IASbhai Editorial Hunt is an initiative to dilute major Editorials of leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Here we choose two editorials on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC MAINS 2020.

EDITORIAL HUNT 78:“Responding to COVID-19 at the grassroots

       SOURCES:   THE HINDU EDITORIAL/EDITORIALS FOR UPSC CSE MAINS 2020

T.R. Raghunandan

T.R. Raghunandan is Former Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Karnataka, and Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayat Raj, Government of India

 

      HEADLINES:

Responding to COVID-19 at the grassroots

      CENTRAL THEME:

Kerala and Karnataka have shown how democratic decentralisation has worked in their favour

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 2:PRI

      MAINS QUESTION:

Will the novel coronavirus crisis trigger a reaction of greater faith in the local governments, or will it result in more centralisation? Substantiate -(GS 2)

      LEARNING: 

In this article you will revolve around the issues related to democratic decentralization.

  • Nature of devolution of power.
  • States performing the best .
  • Vision of PRI’s.

      INTRODUCTION:

Mahatma Gandhi envisioned that a free India would rest on a foundation of gram panchayats, village republics that governed locally and epitomised Swaraj in practice.

  • B.R. Ambedkar was sceptical; he described the caste-ridden, unequal village society as a cesspool.
  • Yet, he was not unequivocally(in a way that leaves no doubt) against decentralisation.

      BODY: 

      IASbhai Windup: 

  • Very soon, the five-year terms of the panchayats will come to an end and an election is impossible in the current circumstances.
  • A confident and caring government ought to continue with the current elected bodies functioning as administrators.
  • If instead they appoint officials or their chosen political representatives to take charge, then we will know where the government stands on its commitment to democratic decentralisation.

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