Political Quiz before the Puja's.
Indian Politics & Diplomacy.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Political Quiz before the Puja's.
Which Indian Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha recently commented-
“Jammu & Kashmir and Telangana were both forcefully, and at the same
time, annexed to the Indian Union. When I say I feel strongly, it's because we
were both separate countries, but were merged with the Indian Union after
Independence. In 1947, we were not a part of India."
A case of sedition was filed against the leader following directions from a
local court aftermath the incident
ANSWER-Kalvakuntla Kavitha, daughter
of K Chandrashekhar Rao(CM,Telengana)
X is currently serving as Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of
Strategic Studies.Previously he had served as associate editor at The Economic Times and The Times
of India, and then chief editor at Business Standard.
Recently he penned a book in which he exposed the inner working of the PMO & gave an insight into
Manmohan Singh’s life and authority.
Some of the excerpts from his books are:
“Active morality for himself, but passive morality for others'
Manmohan turned a blind eye to corruption by his colleagues
Dr Singh's general attitude towards corruption in public life, which he adopted through his career in
government, seemed to me to be that he would himself maintain the highest standards of probity in
public life, but would not impose this on others. In other words, he was himself incorruptible, and
also ensured that no one in his immediate family ever did anything wrong, but he did not feel
answerable for the misdemeanours of his colleagues and subordinates. In this instance, he felt even
less because he was not the political authority that had appointed them to these ministerial
positions. In practice, this meant that he turned a blind eye to the misdeeds of his ministers. He
expected the Congress party leadership to deal with the black sheep in his government, just as he
expected the allies to deal with their black sheep. While his conscience was always clear with
respect to his own conduct, he believed everyone had to deal with their own conscience.”
QT 2 Continued
His remarks on Pulok Chatterjee:
“Pulok, who was inducted into the Manmohan Singh PMO at the behest of
Sonia Gandhi, had regular, almost daily, meetings with Sonia at which he was
said to brief her on the key policy issues of the day and seek her instructions
on important files to be cleared by the PM. Indeed, Pulok was the single most
important point of regular contact between the PM and Sonia. He was also the
PMO's main point of contact with the National Advisory Council (NAC), a high-profile
advisory body chaired by Sonia Gandhi...”
Name the person and the controversial autobiography.
ANSWER-SANJAYA BARU, The Accidental
Who is the only leader who holds the distinction of being a part of the Indian
Council of Ministers under various PM’s like VP Singh,HD Deve Gowda,IK
Gujral,Atal Bihai Vajpayee,Manmohan Singh & Narendra Modi?
Ram Vilas Paswan
Presently Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food
and Public Distribution
After Jyoti Basu(CM,West Bengal from 1977-2000),
who is the longest standing Chief Minsiter of an
He is on his way to break the late Communist
patriarch Jyoti Basu's record of being India's
longest serving chief minister.
Basu had ruled West Bengal for 23 years from
1977 till 2000.
Answer-Pawan Kumar Chamling
CM,Sikkim & founder president of the Sikkim
X delivered an unprecedented eight-hour speech defending India's stand
on Kashmir. To date, the speech is the longest ever delivered in the United
Nations Security Council.
X’s passionate defence of Indian sovereignty in Kashmir enlarged his base of
support in India, and led to the Indian press temporarily dubbing him the
"Hero of Kashmir".
X was also described as the second most powerful man in India
by Time magazine and others years back.
X served as Defence Minister of India for more than 5 years.
V. K. Krishna Menon
Q6.Identify her and state the reason
why she was in headlines this week?
Answer- Lalitha Kumaramangalam
She is chosen by Narendra Modi to be the Chairperson of the National Women
Which social activist’s biography is named “I Dare”
This person is known to express straightforward views on all affairs leading
from women rights to politics.
The person’s other book is named “What Went Wrong And Why”
Name the only 2 women governors in India presently & give the states in
which they are currently serving.
Goa Mridula Sinha
26 August 2014
(0 years, 23 days)
Himachal Pradesh Urmila Singh
25 January 2010
(4 years, 236 days)
Q9. Who is Vinod Rai, what controversy did
he create and what startling revelations does
his autobiography comprise of?
Answer-Vinod Rai was the 11th Comptroller
and Auditor General of India.
He has consistently hit the headlines for his unforgiving audits, ranging from the
scathing report on the shoddy preparation for the Commonwealth Games to the
latest on spectrum allocations for second generation (2G) telecom services.
It is he who exposed the Commonwealth Scam, 2G Scam, Coalgate Scam & shook
the foundation of the UPA-2 Government.
Also figured as one of the Persons of the Year in Forbes magazine January 2011.
In his book, Rai claims how Singh was fully aware of what was going on, but still
chose not to do anything about it. Instead, he even went to the extent of
distancing himself from the decisions made by Communications Minister A Raja.
As Rai writes, “(Manmohan Singh) failed to direct his minister (ie A Raja) to follow
his advice... Why, under what compulsion, did the prime minister allow Raja to
have his way, which permitted a finite national resource (ie the telecom spectrum)
to be gifted at throwaway price to private companies—private companies that,
going by the minister's own admission, were 'enjoying the best results […] which
was also reflected in their increasing share prices?”
Who is the seniormost member of the Lok Sabha?
Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from the Chhindwara constituency
of Madhya Pradesh from 1980.
First elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1980.
He was re-elected to the 8th Lok Sabha in 1985.
The 9th Lok Sabha in 1989.
The 10th Lok Sabha in 1991.
The 11th Lok Sabha in 1996
The 12th Lok Sabha in 1998.
The 13th Lok Sabha in 1999.
The 14th Lok Sabha in 2004
The 15th Lok Sabha in 2005.
The 16th Lok Sabha in 2014.
Name the poets who are quoted by Manmohan Singh & Sushma Swaraj in the
These 2 Urdu poets are considered to be the most popular and influential
poets of the Urdu language and are quoted quite regularly.
Answer-Mirza Ghalib & Bashir Badr
Born: December 27, 1797, Agra
Died: February 15, 1869, Delhi
Spouse: Umrao Begum
Born: February 15, 1935 (age 79), Ayodhya
Identify the historical figure whose dynamic voice is played in the next clip.
Also state the importance and the exact name given to his speech.
ANSWER- Winston Churchill & his historic We
shall fight on the beaches speech.
We Shall Fight on the Beaches is a common title given to a speech delivered
by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of theParliament of the United
Kingdom on 4 June 1940. This was the second of three major speeches given
around the period of the Battle of France, with the others designated as
the Blood, toil, tears, and sweat speech of 13 May, and the This was their finest
hour speech of 18 June. Events developed dramatically over the five-week period,
and although broadly similar in themes, each speech addressed a differen
In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a
possible invasion attempt by Nazi Germany, without casting doubt on eventual
victory. He also had to prepare his domestic audience for France's falling out of
the war without in any way releasing the French Republic to do so, and wished to
reiterate a policy and an aim unchanged – despite the intervening events – from
his speech of 13 May, in which he had declared the goal of "victory, however long
and hard the road may be".t military and diplomatic context.
Identify the historic figure speaking in the video at UNSC expressing
disappointment over UNSC’s failure in stopping X.
Define the context(X) in which he is speaking.
Mention the date because it has a significance.
State the significance.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
The date is 15 December 1971, that is just a day before Victory day of
Bangladesh(The day when the Commanding officer of the Pakistani
Forces General AAK Niazi surrendered his forces to the Allied forces commander
Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora, which marked ending the 9 month-long Bangladesh
Liberation War and 1971 Bangladesh genocide and officially secession of East
Pakistan into Bangladesh.
This fiery speech was delievered by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at the UN Security Council
waving his hands and index finger condemning India for aggression and declaring
“we will fight for a thousand years” before ripping apart some Security Council
papers and storming out of the hall. After two weeks of fierce fighting, both
nations faced considerable political pressure from the US, the UK and the Soviet
Union and agreed to a ceasefire sponsored by the UN The conflict had resulted in a
stalemate. This video is an excerpt of the whole speech.
As a similar term to the “cricket diplomacy” between India & Pakistan, the
“ping pong diplomacy” of early 1970’s is related to which 2 countries?
CHINA & UNITED STATES.
What historic agreement was reached between Vajpayee & former Chinese
President, Jiang Zemin when Vajpayee visited China in 2003?
Hint:-Some Border dispute was sorted.
India formally recognised that the area known as the Tibetan autonomous
region is part of the People's Republic of China.
China, for its part, agreed to start border trade through the north-east Indian
state of Sikkim - a move that was seen as an acceptance by Beijing of India's
claim over that area.
Arun Tiwari Co-Author of Wings of Fire
On whose name is the Samta Sthal memorial at the Raj Ghat area
This person also holds the record for being the longest-serving cabinet
minister in India for 30 years.
The person founded The Congress for Democracy (CFD) party and later
merged it with the Janata party.
ANSWER-Jagjivan Ram (5 April 1908 – 6
Which 2 neighbours of India having signed treaties with the British designating
them as independent states, were never a part of the British Indian Empire,
and therefore their borders were unaffected by the partition of India.
NEPAL & BHUTAN
Which is the ONLY road border crossing between Pakistan and India?
WAGAH ATTARI BORDER(The border is located
22 kilometres (14 mi) from Lahore and 32
kilometres (20 mi) from Amritsar)
X is an IPS officer from the 1968 batch of the Kerala cadre.
X spent long periods of time incognito with the Mizo National Army in
the Arakan in Burma and inside Chinese territory. From Mizoram, X went to Sikkim where he
played a role during the merger of the state with India.
In Punjab X was behind the rescue of Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu and the success
of Operation Black Thunder.X was actually inside the Harimandir Sahib in Amritsar, Punjab, in
1989 during Operation Black Thunder, when security forces were charging in to flush out
terrorists from there. X is said to have planned out the Punjab state elections of 1992.
X spent six years in Pakistan. X went to Kashmir in 1990 and persuaded militants to become
counter-insurgents targeting hardline anti-India terrorists. This set the way for state elections
in Jammu and Kashmir in 1996. Later, X was posted in the Indian High Commission
in London, UK as a Minister.
X was India's main negotiator with the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in Kandahar in
1999. Uniquely, X has the experience of being involved in the termination of all 15 hijackings
of Indian Airlines aircraft from 1971-1999.
5th National Security Advisor
30 May 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi