Tackling Maoists in Chhattisgarh, what challenges remain

What is the best way to fight IEDs, like the one used in Kurkheda or the one that blew up an MPV in Sukma in March 2018? One way to avoid destruction and casualties caused by IEDs is to ensure that these are successfully detected through visual surveillance or using Read More …

How Jammu and Kashmir fares in key indicators compared to the rest of India

As a new chapter opens in the history of Jammu and Kashmir with the state being split into two Union Territories, there have been discussions around how it has fared compared to the rest of India. Some selected indicators; figures in square brackets are for All India. POPULATION PROFILE Life Read More …

Article 370, bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir

By abrogating Article 370, bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir and downgrading the status of the successor units to Union Territories, the government has used the flexibility of the federal provisions of the Constitution to other ends. This is not the first time that a Central government has used its powers to Read More …

States are sovereign

What does ‘cooperative federalism’ mean? The phrase recognises and affirms that India is a federal State. There is a Central government and there are state governments. Each government has areas of legislation reserved to it. The Central government (through Parliament) cannot encroach upon the territory reserved for the state government, Read More …

What has been the impact of the rainfall deficiency on agriculture?

All major Kharif crops except sugarcane and cotton have exhibited lower sowing as of 25th July than the normal sowing for this corresponding week each year. The report states that sugarcane has found 2.7 lakh hectares more (as compared to the normal) of land for its sowing, while sowing of Read More …

State-by-state — supply of piped water in villages

Gujarat, with 78.46% of its 64,77,917 rural households being provided water through taps at present, has the highest penetration under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), a reply tabled by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in Parliament shows. Among smaller states, Sikkim has the highest coverage at 99.34% for Read More …

This Kerala man is on a greening mission and has planted 8,000 trees

The vaga tree in S Ayappan’s house in Eroor is exactly 15 years and eight months old. He knows the precise date because he planted it on his son’s first birthday, along with a few plantain trees and some crotons. The day also marked, although he didn’t realise it then, Read More …

Let’s talk about climate change

Eight countries in the EU have proposed spending 25% of the EU budget on climate change. The African Development Bank has announced the tripling of its climate financing to reach nearly $5 billion annually by 2020; similar numbers for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank are $6 billion Read More …

Making national legislatures more gender-balanced

Context: The Global Gender Gap report for 2018 said that the widest gender disparity is in the field of political empowerment. To cite the Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 report, women legislators account for barely 24% of all MPs across the world. However, the experience of the top-ranked countries in the IPU Read More …

Public spending on health

Context: Jammu and Kashmir and Assam spent the largest fraction of their Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) on public health, according to National Health Accounts Estimates 2015-16, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare told Parliament. Facts: The share of Government Health Expenditure (GHE) in the GSDPs of J&K and Read More …