Editorial Simplified

Solar

14th July – India’s solar energy

Sure power : On India’s solar strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stated resolve to tap the energy of the sun to substantially power the economy and everyday life needs to be welcomed, because it could help chart a green deal for the future. He restated the case for greater reliance on solar power, for energy …

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Encounter Killing

13th July – Crime as punishment – Encounter killings

Crime as punishment – Encounter of Vikas Dubey The Uttar Pradesh Police’s account of the encounter killing of Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey, even if taken at face value, is a startling admission of serious ineptitude. But the official narrative, as it stands, stretches the bounds of credulity to an astonishing extent. An act of retribution …

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UDAY

11th July – UDAY Scheme

UDAY Scheme – Power Crisis The audit of state-owned power distribution companies (DISCOMs) for the fiscal year 2018-19 shows that UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) has failed to attain most of its stated objectives. It is likely that the government will once again need to make a large intervention, which would naturally dent general government …

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Killer Acquisitions

10th July – Killer Acquisitions

Ensuring market dominance through killer acquisitions The corporate game is a serious affair. New entrants with novel ideas and products find it hard to sustain and are easily gobbled up by the bigger players. In the realm of antitrust law, such a corporate strategy or practices have come to be known as killer acquisitions. What …

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South China Sea

9th July – South China Sea

Chinese muscularity in South China Sea The Philippines invoked the dispute settlement mechanism of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 2013 to test the legality of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea regarding the disputed Spratlys. In response, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague decreed …

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Enrica Lexie

8th July – Enrica Lexie case

India must not cast anchor in ‘Enrica Lexie’ Italy has achieved its basic objective in the Enrica Lexie-St. Antony matter. It wanted its two marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, to stand trial for killing two Indian fishermen, Ajeesh Pink and Valentine Jelastine, not in India but in Italy. What was the case? The marines …

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Privatisation of Indian Railways

7th July – Privatisation of Indian Railways

Privatisation of Indian Railways Indian Railways has launched the process of opening up train operations to private entities (partial privatisation) on 109 origin destination (OD) pairs of routes using 151 modern trains. It has invited Request for Qualifications proposals, for scrutiny of vendor capabilities, from those who can bring modern trains for operations on existing …

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Women in workforce

6th July – Women in workforce

Reset rural job policies, recognise women’s work The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on women’s work, but official statistics do not capture women in workforce adequately and accurately. A survey by the Azim Premji University, of 5,000 workers across 12 States — of whom 52% were women workers — found that women workers …

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Torture

4th July – India’s torture culture

India’s torture culture The pervasiveness of police torture is best understood in the compelling case found in reports made by NGOs and observers over the years, including by the Asian Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and People’s Union for Democratic Rights. Police torture in India – The data on torture show that it is …

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Police reforms

3rd July – Police reforms

Police reform and the crucial judicial actor The senseless act of violence inside a police station in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu evokes extreme weariness. This fatal violence by state actors is a cruel reminder of just how little unshackling has happened in the domain of policing to free this essential public sphere from the demons of …

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