Meghalaya & A Social Audit Law

What Social Audit is? Social audits stood for — speaking truth to power.  Social audits can be developed as an ongoing process through which citizens participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the programme. Social audit is much more than just a tool of “good governance”. Meghalaya & Social Read More …

What’s in an election?

A democratic society: A democratic society is defined by its elections. The principle of one person, one vote (with some conditions) is seen as a defining principle of democracy. This principle has become so dominant that it has successfully reduced the idea of democracy to a ritual of casting votes. As Read More …

‘Informal Summit’ in Wuhan

Context: Expecting a possible reset of ties between India and China in the wake of the ‘informal summit’ in Wuhan (April 27-28) between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the outcome is uncertain. The Wuhan city was possibly chosen by Mr. Xi to showcase China’s progress. As Read More …

Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the SCO

Context: The Minister of State for Culture led the Indian delegation to the 15th Meeting of the Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) Member States  held in Sanya, Hainan province, on 16th and 17thMay, 2018. India participated for the first time at the Meeting of  Cultural Ministers of the SCO. Read More …

India’s global poverty rank improves

Context: India’s Multidimensional Poverty (MDP) has dropped significantly, largely as a result of the performance of five key southern States (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.) Between 2005-06 to 2015-16, poverty level came down from 55% to 21%, improving the country’s MDP ranking. Following the drop-in poverty levels, Read More …