Insights into Editorial: Unprecedented step: On Wuhan lockdown

Insights into Editorial: Unprecedented step: On Wuhan lockdown Context: In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province in early December last year, China took a drastic and unprecedented step to shut down the city, thus preventing its 11 million inhabitants from leaving. …

Insights into Editorial: Think climate change action, act glocal

Insights into Editorial: Think climate change action, act glocal Introduction: Almost everyone agrees that the recent global climate summit, the annual Conference of the Parties (COP25), held in Madrid in December 2019, was a failure and that the multilateral process to address the climate crisis is broken. The intensification of extreme weather events is likely …

Insights into Editorial: Ending inaction: On Speakers and disqualification

Insights into Editorial: Ending inaction: On Speakers and disqualification Context: In an important order aimed at rearming the anti-defection law, the Supreme Court set three months as the outer limit for the Speaker to conclude disqualification proceedings against defectors. The apex court also wanted Parliament to revisit the rationale behind giving exclusive powers to the …

Insights into Editorial: Guaranteeing healthcare, the Brazilian way

Insights into Editorial: Guaranteeing healthcare, the Brazilian way   Context: As Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits New Delhi this Republic Day, one interesting field of cooperation to explore in the strategic partnership is healthcare. Both Brazil and India are composed of large States with a reasonable degree of administrative autonomy. This fact implies great challenges …

Insights into Editorial: Redesigning India’s ailing data system

Insights into Editorial: Redesigning India’s ailing data system   Introduction: The new series of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures with 2011-12 as base, released in 2015, has not gone well with analysts; the withholding of employment-unemployment data for some time and consumer expenditure data, which is not released, added to this unease. Bringing the National …

Insights into Editorial: Brus to permanently settle in Tripura, pact signed

Insights into Editorial: Brus to permanently settle in Tripura, pact signed Context: A quadripartite agreement in New Delhi, allowed some 35,000 Bru tribal people, who were displaced from Mizoram and are living in Tripura as refugees since 1997, to settle permanently in Tripura. The Centre, State governments of Tripura and Mizoram, and representatives of Bru …

Insights into Editorial: Is the Indian economy staring at stagflation?

Insights into Editorial: Is the Indian economy staring at stagflation? Context: The rise in retail price inflation to a nearly six-year high of 7.35% in December has led to increasing worries that the Indian economy may be headed towards stagflation. The current rise in retail inflation has been attributed mainly to the rise in the …

Insights into Editorial: Chalk and cheese in private vs. government schools

Insights into Editorial: Chalk and cheese in private vs. government schools Context: Pratham, a well-known Non-Profit Organization has released the Annual Status of Education Report 2019. The report shared several key insights and interesting observations about the state of education, especially school-level education in the country. One of the big debates in early childhood education …

Insights into Editorial: A government that chooses its critics

Insights into Editorial: A government that chooses its critics Context: Recently, the Central Bureau of Investigation raided Amnesty International’s offices in Bengaluru and Delhi based on allegations that the NGO had violated provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, and of the Indian Penal Code. Amnesty has been vocal about human rights abuses, notably …

Insights into Editorial: How Swami Vivekananda became the ‘messenger of Indian wisdom’ to West

Insights into Editorial: How Swami Vivekananda became the ‘messenger of Indian wisdom’ to West Context: January 12 is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the famous Hindu spiritual leader and intellectual from the late 19th century. An important religious reformer in India, Swami Vivekananda is known to have introduced the Hindu philosophies of Yoga and …

Insights into Editorial: Supreme Court not to review Sabarimala case, to examine ‘larger issues’

Insights into Editorial: Supreme Court not to review Sabarimala case, to examine ‘larger issues’ Context: Supreme Court said its objective was not to review the Sabarimala women entry case but examine “larger issues” of law arising from practices such as the prohibition of women from entering mosques and temples, female genital mutilation among Dawoodi Bohras …

Insights into Editorial: India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys

Insights into Editorial: India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys Context: According to the ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ report by the United Nations (UN) inter-agency group for child mortality, India is among the few countries in the world where, in 2018, the mortality under-5 years of girls, exceeded that of boys. …

Insights into Editorial: Mining deep: on Cabinet easing mining laws

Insights into Editorial: Mining deep: on Cabinet easing mining laws Context: The Union cabinet approved opening up of coal mining and further disinvestments. The Centre’s decision to liberalise norms for entry into coal mining and relax regulations on mining and selling coal in the country is significant in many respects. Apart from deciding that the …

Insights into Editorial: Amidst a tragedy, an opportunity

Insights into Editorial: Amidst a tragedy, an opportunity Context: The writer David Horne once described Australia as “the lucky country”, with its abundance of natural resources, good weather, and its relative geographical isolation from the turbulence of the world. Today, with wildfires burning more than 12 million hectares of land, destroying native flora, killing thousands …

Insights into Editorial: Reform of grain management system

Insights into Editorial: Reform of grain management system Context: With GDP growth rate plummeting to 4.5 per cent and with the agriculture GDP (GDPA) growth at 2.1 per cent in the second quarter of this fiscal year, everyone concerned with the economy is anxious. The question being asked is whether the Indian economy can be …

Insights into Editorial: A case for including Tulu in the Eighth Schedule

Insights into Editorial: A case for including Tulu in the Eighth Schedule Introduction: According to the 2001 Census, India has 30 languages that are spoken by more than a million people each. Additionally, it has 122 languages that are spoken by at least 10,000 people each. It also has 1,599 languages, most of which are …

Insights into Editorial: All India Judicial Service no panacea, says study

Insights into Editorial: All India Judicial Service no panacea, says study Introduction: Currently, the appointments of District Judges and Subordinate Judiciary are done by the respective State governments. But in recent years, there have been an invigorated push for creation of a unified pan-India judicial service for appointing them. AIJS has been pitched as a …

Insights into Editorial: What Railways restructure means

Insights into Editorial: What Railways restructure means Context: Cabinet has approved the merger of its eight services into one:  The Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS). The decision to merge the services is to ensure that officers put railways first instead of their service which had become the case under the present system. This is in …

Insights into Editorial: Middle East braced for backlash after killing of Qassem Soleimani

Insights into Editorial: Middle East braced for backlash after killing of Qassem Soleimani Context: U.S. kills top Iranian General in air strike: The U.S. killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, in an air strike near Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran said. Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, …

Insights into Editorial: The need for a single energy ministry

Insights into Editorial: The need for a single energy ministry Context: Five different ministries along with a multitude of regulators govern India’s energy sector. Petroleum and natural gas, coal, renewable energy and nuclear energy have separate ministries or departments. We also have a Ministry of Power, along with State-level bodies that regulate electricity distribution companies, …