Saturday, May 12, 2012

UPSC Interview: Rahul Rekhawar (IAS) Part II

NS: I heard China is claiming Arunachal Pradesh. Why so?

RR: Sir, it is observed that Arunachal Pradesh was earlier considered part of larger Tibet region culturally. Earlier we did not have boundaries but frontiers. But when British demarcated it, the Arunachal Pradesh became part of India.

NS: What was historical position of Tibet?

RR: Sir, I faintly remember that in 1913-14, there was a pact that said that any decision regarding Tibet should be taken in consultation with Chinese Government.

NS: How do you see Indian government supporting government in exile of Tibet? Shouldn’t this make China angry?

RR: Sir, it is natural for China but it has been longstanding position of India that it supported people and there aspirations everywhere. It has been the position of India even before independence. What is important is the kind of support. India will always support peacefully but will never support militarily or forcefully.

NS: What was the position before independence?

RR: Sir, in 1920s and 30s……

NS: So, tomorrow if China interferes in Nagaland and Assam, should we tolerate?

RR: Sir, China may interfere sir, but China itself will realize that it will be of no use. We are already in dialogue with the people there. People have also reaslised that armed methods are of no use for development. So, even if China interferes, it will not be a problem.

NS: See J&K is also a problem. We always talk of a UN resolution about it. What was that resolution?

RR: Sir, I faintly remember that the resolution asked to find and follow the aspirations of the people but also only after restoration of the original conditions.

( hands over to lady member)

Lady Member: You have worked for a year & since preparing full time…(I nodded). But didn’t you think of any further education plan?

RR: No Ma’m, I had already planned to pursue civil services.

Lady Member: Why was Nanded in news recently?

RR: Ma’m, 2-3 years back, there was an event ‘Guru Ta Gaddi’ to commemorate 300 years of completion of coronation of Guru Granth Saheb as Guru of Sikh community. Also, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Ashok Chavhan belongs to Nanded who is related to Adarsh Scam.

Lady Member: Ok, I am someone who knows Maharashtra well. So, tell me, what is the importance of Poona that is called Pune now?
RR: Ma’m, Pune is considered cultural capital of Maharashtra, educational capital of Maharashtra. It was political capital during Peshva’s times& was significant economically in British times also. Even today, the formal dialect of Marathi is the one spoken in Pune.

Lady Member: And also the role Tilak, Agarkar and social reformers….

RR: Yes yes Ma’m.

Lady Member: Your optionals are Physics and Geography….both are seminal ones…ok tell me, which one is your favorite topic in Geography?

RR: Ma’m, my favorite topic is from Paper II. It is Indian Agriculture as it is very relevant to civil service career and there is huge scope for creativity also.

( hands over to third person)

Third Member: What all have you done as community work?

RR: Sir, I was member of NSS-National Service Scheme- in BITS. Also, while working, I was a member of an NGO AID India & started a night school that would function form 9.30pm to 12.30in night. I was fully associated with it while working and even today, I visit it whenever possible. It is still going on.

Third Member: What are the issues between India and Bangladesh?

RR: Sir most of the issues have been solved with arrival of new government in Bangladesh but still pending issues are about power sector cooperation, transportation corridor and most importantly about migrants.
( hands over to fourth person)

Fourth member: You said Indian Agriculture is your favorite topic. Tell me what is the major problem of Indian agriculture?

RR: Sir, lack of public investment and knowledge dissemination.

Fourth member: No, no, that is a means to solve the problem. What is the problem?

RR: Sir, low productivity is the problem…..

Fourth member: Yes yes. That is the problem.

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