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14th November – Media regulation

Media regulation The government’s move bringing online news and current affairs portals along with “films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers” under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is as brazen as it is wily. Brazen, because this is an attack on the free press, targeted at a section that has been …

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9th November – Nataraja

Nataraja – the dance of Infinity, Unity and Inclusivity One of the most celebrated sculptures in the Indian civilisation is the lithe, elegant, exquisite vigraha of Nataraja, the divine lord of dancers. About Nataraja – Nataraja is the most brilliant symbolic manifestation of one of the Trinity Gods of Hinduism – Shiva. One of India’s greatest philosophers, historian and …

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28th October – Child Brides

Child Brides The government is considering raising the minimum legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, to reduce the prevalence of child brides (below 18) in India. The benefits of later marriage for women are well established. It is associated with higher nutrition levels for women and their children, lower maternal mortality, …

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3rd October – Mahatma Gandhi

The Mahatma as an intercultural Indian Gandhi’s idea of non-violence was not a dream; it was a realistic hope, armed with a dose of practical idealism; that of the global welcoming of the law of love. By saying this, he presented himself, at the same time, as an Asian who was influenced by Hinduism, Jainism …

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25th September – Leadership of women

Leadership of women What do Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have in common? These are all countries that have women heading their governments. And although they are located in three different continents, the three countries seem to have managed the pandemic much better than their neighbours. Much along the same lines, a detailed recent study …

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15th September – Addressing malnutrition

Addressing malnutrition Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have launched a campaign declaring the month of September as “POSHAN Maah 2020”. By inviting citizens to send nutritional recipes, the campaign aims to create awareness about the POSHAN Abhiyan through community mobilisation. But how far it can help solve India’s massive malnutrition problem …

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Menstrual Leaves

5th September – Menstrual Leaves

Menstrual Leaves Recently, Zomato, an Indian food delivery firm, announced that all its women employees (including transgender employees) can avail up to 10 days of paid menstrual leaves each year. While this is notable for such a large company in India, countries like Japan and South Korea and closer home, Bihar, have been providing period …

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Women in Army

4th September – Women in Army

Victory in a long battle for opportunities – Women in Army The Supreme Court of India in February 2020 delivered a much-anticipated ruling that allows women to serve as permanently commissioned (PC) officers in 10 combat support arms (These are Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Army Service Corps, …

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22nd August – Minimum Age of Marriage

The marriage age misconception From the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day, the Prime Minister declared that the government is considering raising the legal age of marriage for girls, which is currently 18 years. What did the Prime Minister say? He said, “We have formed a committee to ensure that daughters are no …

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13th August – The future of Indian secularism

The future of Indian secularism Our public discourse is resounding with triumphalism on the one hand, and lament on the other over the death or defeat of secularism. Indian Secularism – Constitutional secularism is marked by at least two features. First, critical respect for all religions. Unlike some secularisms, ours is not blindly anti-religious but …

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