A large part of India’s economic slowdown is due to domestic factors. As Raghuram Rajan says neither global economic woes or rising oil prices can be blamed for the slowdown in the Indian economy
Author: Swati Saxena
According to the National Disaster Response Force, since 2009 over 40 children have fallen into borewells and, on average, 70% of conventional child rescue operations fail.
This growing inequality is tragic in a nation where 63 million ordinary Indians are pushed into poverty because of health care costs – Oxfam estimates that is two people every second.
Global emissions and atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide have reached a record high in recent years. At the same time, ice loss in Greenland has also peaked.
Effects of economic downturn and resultant unemployment and poverty on mental health are obvious. Severe impact on mental health also impacts stress induced chronic diseases.
War and Peace, a classic by Tolstoy on Napoleonic era and the Tsars in Russia is regarded as seminal works in world literature.
India is facing large-scale microbeads pollution. Though the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) banned the use of microbeads in cosmetics in 2017, it will come into implementation in 2020.
Advertising gender-specific products is quite common. Most commonly it is being done through use of colours.
Dystopia – or anti utopia (coined by Thomas More’s work Utopia) – describes a frightening and undesirable society. Common themes of this genre are depictions of a society that has collapsed.
Oster’s book is informative when parenting has become a serious of must dos.
Frankenstein is often hailed as one of the first and finest science fiction novel and Mary Shelley wrote it at the age of 18 as part of a competition between her husband poet Percy Shelley and poet Byron.
It is vital to recognize the reason for Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide as what it is – an instance of caste based violence.
‘London patient’ has become second person to be cured of HIV In what can be seen as milestone in AIDS epidemic, a patient in London has become the second person to be cured of AIDS (publicly the scientists are describing the case as a long term remission). Last such case[Read More…]
The courageous dignity of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman amidst the Pakistani forces emerged as a beacon of what real valour and pride looks like. Everyone noted the contrast with shrill jingoinsm of the news anchors who had been war mongering and baying for blood for the past few days. The[Read More…]
Measles outbreak across the world has become the latest and most pressing public health emergency. WHO has now confirmed that epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths since the outbreak began in September. USA, which had actually eradicated the disease, is battling with high numbers of[Read More…]
The World Health Organisation has recently released the top ten threats to global health that will require immediate and effective attention. Most of these threats have the potential to cause substantial morbidity and mortality. I evaluate how India fares on each of these. Air pollution and climate change In 2019,[Read More…]
An increasingly large number of millennials are willing to explore friendships with people different from them and hold off judgments for tolerance and acceptance.
The year 2018 saw some interesting movies that made the news or generated debates. Here are a few that stood out: Padmaavat: This remained perhaps the most controversial film of the year. Karni Sena, a right wing outfit burned the sets and launched a massive protest against what they believed[Read More…]
Vaccines remain one of the most effective, low cost and efficient public health tools for the control of diseases and form a vital part of preventive medicine for control and eradication of diseases. Years 2011-20 were declared the Decade of Vaccines. The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) was endorsed by[Read More…]
The debate on whether women can have it all keeps coming up. Recently it is being asked in connection with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. Author of the book Lean In, she wrote and spoke about how women can have it all – from successful careers, especially in traditionally[Read More…]
PM Modi in his speech hailed Sardar Patel for “uniting India” and credited him for making India today’s greatest economic and strategic power. Several government ministers attended the event.
Tribals in India, recognised by the constitution as the scheduled tribes have several safeguards to protect their rights and culture. However, socially, economically, and politically they continue to be some of the most marginalised communities in India. Often this is compounded by geographical isolation. Tribals living in remote terrains, often[Read More…]
The Supreme Court of India has come up with several gender friendly judgments recently. These have been marked with sensitivity and liberalism. Women all over India have welcomed these, albeit with reservations. I discuss some of these below. SC strikes down triple talaq: SC held the practice of triple talaq,[Read More…]
Actor Tanushree Dutta recently spoke out against fellow actor Nana Patekar and choreographer Ganesh Acharya for sexually harassing her and intimidating her on the sets of her 2008 film, that eventually caused her to drop out. She alleged that Patekar demanded to do an intimate step with her that was[Read More…]
In what is being termed as an “emergency” the raids and detentions of activists accused of being “urban naxals” or having alleged Maoist links, have opened the debate on freedom of speech and the limits of the state. Raids were conducted in Delhi, Faridabad, Goa, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Ranchi and[Read More…]
Worst flooding of the century that has hit Kerala this year has displaced more than a million people from their homes and around 400 people have lost their lives. The death toll is likely to rise further and rescue operations are still underway for thousands of stranded people. The centre’s[Read More…]
A large part of the discussion, following Friday’s No Confidence motion debates, centred on the hug and the wink. Perhaps it was to be expected. The grand gesture was seen as a surprising political manoeuvre to reach across to one’s opponent. To signal, that while ideologies will always differ in[Read More…]
Since coming into force the Right to Information Act, 2005 has been a vital legislation protecting the democratic polity of the nation. Foremost, it enables and empowers any citizen of India to demand information from public authority with the reply expected within a reasonable span. The Act also requires that[Read More…]
Delhi has reached peak pollution levels. Clouds of dust and smog have come and settled in the city making it akin to a ‘dust bowl’. Public health experts say that it is equivalent of smoking 50 cigarettes per day. According to meteorologists, this layer of dust traps heat, sending temperatures[Read More…]