Universal health coverage is the best prescription

Context: Three recent incidents involving the health-care sector in Delhi have sparked widespread outrage over the alleged mercenary motives and callous conduct of high-profile corporate hospitals. Two cases involved children with dengue who died soon after leaving these hospitals in a serious condition after their families were presented huge hospitalisation Read More …

Non-Communicable Diseases Rise in India: Report

Context: As incomes rose over the last 26 years, India’s burden of disease shifted: More deaths in India (61.8%) in 2016 were due to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, while in 1990 more deaths (53.6%) were due to communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional (CMMND) Read More …

Eliminate torture

Context: Enacting a law prohibiting torture is both a moral imperative and a pragmatic necessity.  The Govt.’s Stand: The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that it is seriously considering the 273rd Report of the Law Commission, which has recommended that India ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture Read More …

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Prospects and Pitfalls

Introduction Chinese President initially mooted the idea of Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and 21st century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) during his visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in September and October, 2013, respectively. Subsequently, the two projects together came to be known as ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) Initiative. The Read More …

More than just a counting game

World Toilet Day: November 19, 2017, was World Toilet Day, with the theme ‘Wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management’.  There is greater awareness about the importance of using toilets, largely due to the Swachh Bharat Mission launched in 2014, so much so that even Bollywood capitalised on this topic in the Read More …

Pacific Ocean’s 11

Context: When Donald Trump abandoned the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in his very first week after being sworn in as U.S. President, there were doubts whether the trade agreement, painstakingly negotiated over more than a decade, would survive. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had termed the TPP without the United Read More …

Upgrading the public education system

Context: The World Bank’s recent flagship World Development Report, 2018 addressed some immediate challenges of quality education. One of the ways that it broke new ground was on the issue of provision for private education. Growing private school enrolment is a global trend and the phenomenon must be taken seriously Read More …

Judicial safe zones

Context: It has long been recognised that children testifying as witnesses find the courtroom experience intimidating. In many cases, they are victims themselves, and may be deterred from deposing fully and confidently in the formal atmosphere. The Supreme Court’s direction: The Supreme Court’s direction that within three months there should Read More …

“Quadrilateral” grouping

Context: By accepting an invitation to join the Japan-proposed, U.S.-endorsed plan for a “Quadrilateral” grouping including Australia to provide alternative debt financing for countries in the Indo-Pacific, India has taken a significant turn in its policy for the subcontinent. The Quad pivot? As Prime Minister of India heads to the East Asia summit Read More …