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Women

24th July – Women in pandemic

How pandemic strengthens patriarchy? Domestic maintenance work and care, much of which are done largely by women within the confines of the home, have become the pillars of post-COVID life and coping strategies. Though central to the survival, well-being and flourishing of human beings, such work has historically been viewed with disdain. This is especially …

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Temple

22nd July – Temple Management

A template to manage temples In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has held that the erstwhile Travancore royal family is the “human ministrant” or the shebait (manager) of the properties belonging to Sri Padmanabha, chief deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The judgment also makes it clear that the temple is a …

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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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Mapillah Revolt

30th June – The Mapillah Revolt

The Mapillah revolt India will be soon commemorating the centenary of the Mapillah revolt of 1921, which was arguably the greatest challenge to British rule between the great uprising of 1857 and the Quit India movement of 1942. An ideological lense – The controversy surrounding the Mapillah uprising demonstrates that in the case of most …

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Suicide

23rd June – Section 309 of the IPC

Section 309 of IPC A recent suicide case of a popular actor has moved the conversation around the sensitivity with which issues surrounding mental health should be handled. However, one of the most archaic laws that punishes attempts to commit suicide – Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)— contrary to popular perception that …

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Immunity Passports

20th June – Immunity Passports

Immunity Passports In a recent article, Paul Romer suggested that as nations come out of lockdown, they should be adopting an “identify and isolate” strategy. To do this, they need to dramatically increase the volume of their testing. Doing more tests – His recommendation for the US is that everyone should be tested once every …

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Migration

29th May – Migration in India (Gandhian view)

The echo of migrant footfalls and the silence of policy In December 2019, an economist provided figures on migration, based on the 2011 national census, showing that the number of internal migrants had grown by another 100 million. Or that a third of India’s population — one in every three Indians — are migrants. Most …

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Gender Equality

16th May – Gender Equality

Gender Rights : Reflection, Commitment and Action Constitution ensures protection against discrimination on the basis of gender through Article 14, 15(1) and 16(2). Article 39(a), 39(c) and 42 of the Directive Principles of State Policy provided in Part-IV guides that India’s governance shall ensure gender equality in law and policy. Article 51A(e) imposes fundamental duty …

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History of Pandemics

17th April – History of Pandemics

History of Pandemics Pandemics have had great influence in shaping human society and politics throughout history. From the Justinian Plague of sixth century to the Spanish flu of last century, pandemics have triggered the collapse of empires, weakened pre-eminent institutions, created social upheavals and brought down wars. Here’s a look at some of the deadliest …

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The Great Depression

7th April – The Great Depression

Explained – Great Depression With the novel coronavirus severely affecting the global economy, some experts have begun comparing the current crisis with the Great Depression — the devastating economic decline of the 1930s that went on to shape countless world events. What was the ‘Great Depression’? The Great Depression was a major economic crisis that …

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