Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention

A diverse group of eight Indian citizens submitted a draft Progressive Uniform Civil Code to the Chairman of the Law Commission. Indian Express explains the background of the Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention today What is the Uniform Civil Code (UCC)? It is the Read More …

India’s consistently poor performance on Global Hunger Index

Background: Published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Concern Worldwide, an Irish aid agency, and Welthungerhilfe, a German private aid organisation, the Global Hunger Index tracks hunger worldwide. The report and India’s stand: India has consistently brought up the rear of the hunger index, that was first published in Read More …

The case for a public health cadre

All about the idea of having dedicated personnel for public health management: Committees in the past: The idea of having dedicated personnel for public health management goes back to 1959 when advocated by the Mudaliar Committee, which observed that “personnel dealing with problems of health and welfare should have a Read More …

Redrawing the arc of influence-India’s Foreign Policy

Deals with the India’s Foreign Policy (PM’s Visit to US & Israel) The U.S. visit: The Prime Minister charted a time-tested course, concentrating mainly on counter-terrorism and the defence security partnership, avoiding contentious trade-related issues. The naming of the Hizbul Mujahedeen chief as a “specially designated global terrorist” and a Read More …

Six steps to job creation

Introduction: India is indeed the fastest growing large economy in the world; yet with investment low, credit offtake low, capacity utilisation in industry low, agricultural growth low, plant load factor low, it is hardly surprising that job growth is low as well. Who are in need of Jobs? In India’s Read More …

Anatomy of a decline

Introduction: Indian growth indicators have been in constant decline, in the April-June quarter, growth plummeted to a dismal 5.7 per cent.  The growth for fiscal 2017-18 is projected to be below 7 per cent, this will not provide enough room to the finance minister to increase allocations in sectors starved Read More …

The will to die — on ‘living wills’

Introduction: The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it is vetting a draft law to permit “passive euthanasia” – The Medical Treatment of Terminally Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill, but that it is against letting people make “Living Wills”, by which they can direct that Read More …

India Meteorological Department-An Analysis

With the India Meteorological Department getting its monsoon forecast wrong this year, its modelling has necessarily come under the spotlight. What goes wrong? In April, the IMD had predicted “near normal”, or 96%, rains and then upgraded the figure to 98% a couple of months later. These percentages refer to Read More …