National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme

Context: The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) is a comprehensive programme for prevention and control of vector borne diseases namely Malaria, Filaria, Kala-azar, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), Dengue and Chikungunya which is covered under the overall umbrella of NRHM. Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) is the central Read More …

Not a criminal act

Context: There are striking similarities between the offence of ‘theft’ and ‘adultery’ under the Indian Penal Code. Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert, Vol. 1 (1751) also equated adultery with theft: “adultery is, after homicide, the most punishable of all crimes, because it is the most cruel of all thefts.” The highest Read More …

The map of rural deprivation

Context: With the Union Budget to be presented on February 1, it is hoped that the Finance Minister will make a significantly higher allocation for investment in infrastructure. It is vital for addressing rural distress. The Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) informed us that ‘landlessness and dependence on manual Read More …

T.N. children severely malnourished: report

Context: Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is high among children (under the age of five) at 8% in Tamil Nadu, according to National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS) data released in 2017. SAM: Defined by a very low weight-for-height and by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema (swelling Read More …

Thinking beyond quotas

Context: The Gujjars in Rajasthan, the Jats in Haryana and the Patels in Gujarat have shown that politically powerful communities nurturing a sense of victimhood can mount a powerful challenge to the Indian state. One of India’s foremost political commentators, Rajni Kothari, had once agonised over this, expressing his concern Read More …