The distortions caused by federal farm policies have long been recognized. In 1932 a member of Congress noted that the Agriculture Department spent "hundreds of millions a year to stimulate the production of farm products by every method, from irrigating waste lands to loaning and even giving money to the farmers, and simultaneously advising them that there is no adequate market for their crops, and that they should restrict production." 20 That sort of folly is similar eight decades later, except that subsidies have increased from "hundreds of millions" to tens of billions of dollars.
Ofcoruse, still UPSC continues to ask random things and vaguely worded questions in mains. But proportionately they’ve decreased it compared to 2013 and 2014. We can go in the reasons / conspiracy theories behind such change….My take is that UPSC wants to give equal chance to candidates from faraway areas who can’t keep 24/7 watch on 50 current affairs websites, TV channels and Radioshows or dig last 5 years’ low-profile schemes and policies for problems and reforms. Because evaluators might have complained about the poor quality of answers in those trivial/minute detailed questions versus haphazardly written answers in short time limit vs. the difficulty in its objective evaluation.
In past decades, Dalits in certain areas (especially in parts of the south) had to display extreme deference to high-status people, physically keeping their distance--lest their touch or even their shadow pollute others--wearing neither shoes nor any upper body covering (even for women) in the presence of the upper castes. The lowest-ranking had to jingle a little bell in warning of their polluting approach. In much of India, Dalits were prohibited from entering temples, using wells from which the "clean" castes drew their water, or even attending schools. In past centuries, dire punishments were prescribed for Dalits who read or even heard sacred texts.