The study of optional demands a rich study. And although the standard notes are there, sometimes they are not sufficient. Additionally, there is also a dynamic aspect of the subject that is either too vast to too changing to put in notes. Hence, for this purpose, we felt important to publish a list of standard books and articles on each topic that can be referred to. We are also trying to include the review of the book/article from an exam perspective so that you’ll have an idea of what to expect from a particular source.
Further, given that current affairs is constantly changing, and will keep changing, the list of articles here need to be relevant. Thus, we need your help. If you come across any article which you feel is closely related to our PSIR syllabus or helps us answer any of the PYQ, please suggest it in the comment section. We’ll add such suggestions to the standard list.
By Bipin Chandra…
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1] Indian Nationalism:
A] Political Strategies of India’s Freedom Struggle: Constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non- cooperation, Civil Disobedience; Militant and Revolutionary Movements, Peasant and Workers Movements
B] Perspectives on Indian National Movement; Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical Humanist and Dalit
Indian Nationalism: Strategies & Perspectives
The topic is mostly static. Hence books are sufficient as a source.
2] Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; Different social and political perspectives
Legacy of British rule & making of Indian constitution
Similar to the first, this topic is also largely static.
3] Salient Features of the Indian Constitution :
4A] Principal Organs of the Union Government : Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court
4B] Principal Organs of the State Government : Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts
5] Grassroots Democracy : Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; Significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements
5.1) Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government
Throttled at the Grass Roots
by T R Raghunandan, former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India.
The article talks about how despite 32 lakh representatives getting elected every 5 years at the Panchayat level, a little has changed. The local governments suffer from a lack of funds, or insufficient manning, and irregular elections. The author suggests how improving gramsabhas and local taxation will help to solve the problem of funding and increase accountability, reducing corruption.