Op-Ed Focus: Solar power breaks a price barrier

By Atul Roy|Updated : February 13th, 2017

Article: Solar power breaks a price barrier

Link: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/Solar-power-breaks-a-price-barrier/article17292695.ece

Now try and answer the following questions:

  1. A glaring lacuna in the national policy on renewablesis the failure to tap the investment potential of the middle class. Critically analyse this statement.
  2. What is energy security? What are its components? What should India do ensure its energy security?
  3. India is overwhelmingly dependent on coal fired electricity plants for its energy requirements making it unconducive for meeting its global responsibilities of climate change. How can renewable energy solve this issue?

Points to Ponder:

  1. Read about Paris Agreement and keep abreast of the latest developments in climate change agenda.
  2. Read about different types of solar technologies e.g. Photovoltaic, thermal etc. How are they contributing to the energy security of India.


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Mukesh Rai

Mukesh RaiFeb 13, 2017

Sir how many subjects I have to take for IAS.

MeenakshiFeb 13, 2017

Sir plz tell me book of ias preparation plz
Rishav Ranjan

DanishFeb 14, 2017

As a beggineer pls tell me the pattern of ias like subjects paper and all that ..pls mam so that i shall start now
Gaurav Bhardwaj
Q-: NAM ( non aligned movement) is relevant in unipolar world as well. Comment.
Ans-: NAM was borned approx half century ago during cold war period. This was bipolar world & was divided between capitalist USA & socialist USSR. At that time NAM provide an alternative bloc to developing countries and to newly independent countries.
Those who are of the opinion that NAM has no relevance now argue that with the end of bipolar world, there is no such thing as non alignment as its name suggest.
In Indian context also it is argued that NAM didn't help India in case of Chinese aggression of 1962, Bangladesh war 1971 and neither in India's latest struggle against terror.
           On the other hand who argued that NAM is as relevant in unipolar world as it was in bipolar world. They argue that it was misunderstood as non alignment with any power bloc but it was the freedom of judgement and action. In present context it might be non military alliance or strategic autonomy.
              Question India need to ask from herself is that whether NAM would stand in  the way of its 21st century ambitions. NAM permits a member to operate individually.
Our new nearness with USA is not red rag in NAM. It can be effectively used as an forum to project our anti terror stand.
               NAM was a part of our larger vision for world but today it is seen as irrelevant to our present preoccupations. This transformation will not be lost on world community.
Shanti Devi

Shanti DeviFeb 15, 2017

Very good help hindi language me bhi h??
Atul Roy

Atul RoyFeb 16, 2017

@Gaurav Bhardwaj

It seems that you have copy pasted information from an article. You have to read, assimilate and then write the answer in your own words,
Atul Roy

Atul RoyFeb 16, 2017

@Ratna YangaliEnergy security 130217.pdf

Good answer as usual. You could have focussed more on the alternative sources of energy like Geothermal, Solar, Nuclear etc. Moreover are you keeping a tab on the length of your answers? They seem a little long to me. Don't exceed word limit under any circumstances.
Vinay Trivedi
Sir ji Hindi mai bhaiji

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