The sudden return of quantity planning in the wake of COVID-19

Context One of the defining features of a war economy is that economic thinking is focused on quantities rather than prices. Much of the ongoing global response to the covid-19 pandemic is still in crisis-Keynesian mode. The nation-state has become the income supporter, financier and consumer of last resort. However, Read More …

A pandemic in an unequal India

Context The official strategies to deal with the virus place the responsibility on citizens, a majority without privilege, to fight the virus. COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity: If the COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity, it will not be just the middle class who will be affected. India’s impoverished millions are Read More …

PM – CARES Fund

Context The government has set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to deal with any kind of emergency or distress situation like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Fund has been set up owing to a number of requests made by the people to support the Read More …

Why follow social distancing?

Context Over the last two days, a number of states in India have enforced measures aimed at reducing public gatherings. This is called “social distancing”. With 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in 100 countries, starting with the outbreak in Wuhan in China 10 weeks ago, researchers have analysed trends in the spread Read More …

What is an ‘essential commodity’?

Context Following reports of shortage and irrational pricing of hand sanitisers and masks, the central government on Friday (March 13) declared these items “essential commodities” until the end of June. In a statement, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said: “In view the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Read More …

How climate change leads to more violence against women, girls

A Case Study for Essay-Ethics-GS Papers-Climate Change, Social Issues, Environmental Issues, Gender Specific Ntoya Sande was 13 years old when she got married — against her will. “I was sent to be married because of a shortage of food in the house,” she said. Her parents used to have a Read More …

What next for virtual currency?

Context the Supreme Court set aside a ban by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on banks and financial institutions from dealing with virtual currency holders and exchanges. The court held that the ban did not pass the “proportionality” test. The test of proportionality of any action by the government, the court Read More …

How an MP is suspended from Lok Sabha by the Speaker?

Context Seven Congress members were suspended on Thursday (March 5) for unruly behaviour in the Lok Sabha. The motion was passed by a voice vote. What is the reason for suspending an MP? The general principle is that it is the role and duty of the Speaker of Lok Sabha Read More …

The Right of an Accused to be Defended

Context Last month, the Karnataka High Court observed that it is unethical and illegal for lawyers to pass resolutions against representing accused in court. This was after local bar associations had objected to four students arrested for sedition being defended in court. The Hubli Bar Association submitted that it would Read More …

One Health Concept

Context The concept of ‘One Health’ is gaining importance as most of the contagious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal to man origin) in nature. It can be effectively implemented for reducing incidence of emerging zoonotic threats like COVID-19. The One Health Concept The World Organization of Animal Health, commonly Read More …