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PSIR - Strategy, resources & discussion

Hi peeps. Let’s do this!

1. Previous papers from 2009 (both papers are in the same PDF):here

2. Topic-wise PYQs: here 

3. Look for PDFs of books here: b-ok.cchttp://libgen.rs/archive.org

4. Model answers from SR:here 

5. OnlyIAS notes, if you need extra matter for a few topics:here 

6. SR notes, typed:politicsforindia.com

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Villanelle,
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D503said

has anyone read Indian Political System by himanshu roy and MP singh


I did start reading a few chapters on Secularism, Federalism from here, but then in my haste to be done with 1B anyhow - I ditched it all together. 😐

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I did start reading a few chapters on Secularism, Federalism from here, but then in my haste to be done with 1B anyhow - I ditched it all together. 😐


700 pages book toh nhi ho sakti 1 month me ab
1b = gs2 stuff and SR


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I did start reading a few chapters on Secularism, Federalism from here, but then in my haste to be done with 1B anyhow - I ditched it all together. 😐


700 pages book toh nhi ho sakti 1 month me ab
1b = gs2 stuff and SR


Touché 

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Hi, I am about to finish booklet 1,2 of Shubhra mam's postal correspondence notes. Are there any topics not adequately covered in notes and need to be referred from some book? If yes pls point out the recommended chapters of books (OP Gauba/ Andrew Heywood/ Brian Nelson etc).  


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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?
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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

THE_MECHANIC,
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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

Critique to what last wala point :p or the whole discourse?? ( although I don't have thinker to qoute nor have a psir background but try to do as much help as I can )

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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

Critique to what last wala point :p or the whole discourse?? ( although I don't have thinker to qoute nor have a psir background but try to do as much help as I can )

Oh haha I thought you had PSIR, sorry my bad.

THE_MECHANIC,
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@LetsGetThisBread I guess the idea of national security gets changes with idea of nation which is getting more and more inclusive so adding more components to former

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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

Critique to what last wala point :p or the whole discourse?? ( although I don't have thinker to qoute nor have a psir background but try to do as much help as I can )

Oh haha I thought you had PSIR, sorry my bad.

Don't say so iam an active reader of this thread only the post which make sense to me :p

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@LetsGetThisBread I guess the idea of national security gets changes with idea of nation which is getting more and more inclusive so adding more components to former

Haan I didn’t think of it in the sense of idea of nation itself is evolving so national security itself gets nuanced. Good point, friend.

THE_MECHANIC,
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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

Critique to what last wala point :p or the whole discourse?? ( although I don't have thinker to qoute nor have a psir background but try to do as much help as I can )

Oh haha I thought you had PSIR, sorry my bad.

Don't say so iam an active reader of this thread only the post which make sense to me :p

Arrey everyone is welcome here :)

THE_MECHANIC,
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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Answering as of gs perspective add your thinkers and theories as per your needs of you find it good

There is seems a change in nature of concept of national security

In terms of trade: govt. Prefer people buy from domestic market ( protectionism) otherwise BOP crisis and currency devaluation which pose nation threat

In terms of culture: every nation wants to protect its culture from others which may indirectly pose theat to security

In terms of environment: due to pollution caused by developed countries in past lead to environment threat which indirectly pose security concerns

In terms of data/ IT/ cyberthreat: data breach of imp. Department , people , threat to security

In terms of political ideologies: the ideas other than ruling party certified as anti national or threat to security ( in modi times)

I may be completely wrong please tell where am I :)


Last wala point might raise eyebrows, so I don’t know how much of an “aa bail mujhe maar “ move that might be. What critics would you write in this. One that I could think of was that even though national security is primarily an idea central to the realist discourse, its definition and components are constantly evolving.

Critique to what last wala point :p or the whole discourse?? ( although I don't have thinker to qoute nor have a psir background but try to do as much help as I can )

Oh haha I thought you had PSIR, sorry my bad.

Don't say so iam an active reader of this thread only the post which make sense to me :p

Arrey everyone is welcome here :)


LetsGetThisBread,
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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Does anyone else have any other points that can be added here?

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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

This is how I would approach it. I have not revised since mains so I'm not able to think of scholars immediately, will update if I find anything else.

1. Start by mentioning the historical evolution of the concept of security, and how it has been linked with the concept of the state since the start (the state evolved to provide individuals with security of life, among other things)

2. Realist view of security (as the starting point) - seen through the lens of power, maintained via balance of power, deterrence etc.

3. Mention contradicting views (to show how change has come about, ideologically) - critical view, feminist view, social constructivist view. 

 Maybe a feminist school quote here (Ann Tickner). Also a criticism of the security dilemma concept which arises from the realist view.

4. Barry Buzan's securitisation theory, showing how issues are "securitised", which broadens the ambit of what we call national security 

From there to 

5. New challenges to security (to show how change has come about, threat-wise) - cyber attacks, drone attacks, info wars, biological warfare etc.

6. End by saying the realist conception of national security as one of, if not the most, important functions the state still holds, but the other schools of thought may be helpful in synthesising a new, broader understanding of national security that can take into account the new circumstances mentioned in the previous para.


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@TheSherlock hey, I think you can figure out what you need more inputs for by checking your own understanding level, and also by looking at PYQs and seeing if the available SR material will be enough to write a good 10 or 15 mark answer. Once you figure out the topics you can look at the index pages of the books you mentioned and figure out what to read from there easily enough. I don't think there's a readymade master list available anywhere, and it's something that differs from person to person really :) all the best!


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Fellow lol-mates, how would you approach the question “critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security.” (2014/15 marks) what critics would you quote?

Kenneth Waltz - State as security maximizers. National security is still the primordial agenda of any country's internal politics. E.g, stringent trade norms over Pakistan and China after the Uri attack and Galwan deadly standoff respectively. 

But,

Liberals talk about ‘security regimes’ in the international context, talking majorly about "International security" through collective security and not "self-help". Liberal institutions like the UN, WTO have been strengthened on this line. 

Reflectivist theorists of human right - can be observed how refugee has been provided home and citizenship despite historical events of them as a threat to national security. UN Peacekeeping operations etc.

Globalization and functionalism have opened up trade, diluting the importance of national security. Barry Buzan seconded the "securitization" idea, calling security "a speech act", when we have other major issues to handle. 

feminists suggest bringing ‘human security, rather than the political version of national security. Can quote Tickner about the gendered concept of national security. 

However,

Virus(Covid) that has crossed the boundaries between two species, is going to be the reason that the border between states will become a bit higher. SIPRI report that nuclear weapons and warheads are increasing, give impetus to the concept of national security. Often called "timeless wisdom", it will remain relevant till the concept of nation and boundaries are there. 

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