Building toilets won’t make India open defecation free: World Bank study

Introduction: A World Bank (WB) research in India has concluded that merely building toilets won’t stop Indians from defecating in the open as long as their attitudes towards latrines do not change. The research was conducted by Varun Gauri, Tasmia Rahman and Iman Sen. They surveyed five villages in the Read More …

Given the state of affairs, what can a bureaucrat do?

Karl Marx had wished the state to wither away. It hasn’t. Even in the countries where Marxism was purported to have been practised, the state became more and more powerful, and its prime tool, the bureaucracy, became more and more relevant. In capitalist countries, too, bureaucracy has come to stay. Read More …

Climate Economics

The economics of climate changeis straightforward. When we burn fossil fuels, we inadvertently emit CO2 into the atmosphere, and this leads to many potentially harmful impacts. Such a process is an ‘externality’, which occurs because those who produce the emissions do not pay for that privilege, and those who are Read More …

World’s rising urban population

About 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every week; nearly 55% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Ahead of October 31, World Cities Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that about 1.4 million people move to cities around the world every Read More …

World Agriculture Prize

Context: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called the eminent Agricultural Scientist, Prof. M.S. Swaminathan is a Vishwa Guru in Agriculture, a teacher and a scholar who continues to leave his inspirational, ideational thought prints on the world. Highest priority to agriculture: The Vice President called Read More …

Reforming Governance System

Context: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Ambition, Ability, Agility, Accountability and Achievement, are five important directions in which the country must move forward to reform our governance system cautioning officers not be complacent with current achievements. Addressing the 64th Annual meeting of the Read More …

Earth Heroes Awards

Context: There is a great need to rethink and redefine development. We need a paradigm that combines development with sustainability the Vice President of India, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu said at the Presentation ceremony of ‘Earth Heroes Awards’ 2018. The awards have been instituted by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Read More …

Building the future together

Context: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that building the future together is the need of the hour and promoting Inclusive growth and Sustainable Connectivity should be the priority. He was intervening in the first Plenary Session of 12th ASEM Summit, in Brussels, Belgium. Theme: Read More …

National Human Rights Commission

Background: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India is an autonomous public body constituted on 12 October 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Ordinance of 28 September 1993.  It was given a statutory basis by the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (TPHRA).The NHRC is the National Human Rights Commission of Read More …

Information overload is always preferable to information deficit

Takeaways of President of India inaugurates 13th convention of the Central Information Commission: Context: Recently the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 13th Convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi. Information is the essence of democracy: The President said that free flow of information is the essence of Read More …