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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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Population

25th March – Population

Rising population – Disastrous dividend India is set to become the most populous nation in 2027, surpassing China, according to an estimation by the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Details – India’s population has been growing at a much faster rate than China’s, with the poorer regions contributing the most to that …

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Higher Education Institutes

18th March – Women in Science

Closing the gender gap in science India celebrates National Science Day on February 28 every year to mark C.V. Raman’s discovery of the scattering of light. This year, the theme was Women in Science. A progressive trend – Compared to the pre-Independence days, one encouraging fact is that there is an exponential growth in the …

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Adivasis

10th March – Adivasis

Having an ear to Adivasi ground The uncertainty of Adivasi life has a strong connection with the ‘mainstream’ view about them. In popular discourse, the socio-economic disadvantages of the Adivasis as compared with the rest of the population are often seen through a lens of benevolence. A singular view – The views about the ‘underdevelopment’ …

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19th February – Permanent Commission for women in Army

The Supreme Court has brought women officers in 10 streams of the Army on par with their male counterparts in all respects, setting aside longstanding objections of the government. Context – The case was first filed in the Delhi High Court by women officers in 2003, and had received a favourable order in 2010. But …

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8th February – Medaram Sammakka-Sarakka/Saralamma Jatara

News – The four-day ‘Sammakka – Saralamma Jatara’ at Medaram in Telangana has begun. Considered the biggest tribal festival across South Asia, the Jatara witnesses a huge number of devotees thronging the village to take the blessings of Goddess Sammaka-Saralamma. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the …

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9th January – How Britain got ahead of us in economic development?

Context – In the 18th century, Indian cotton dominated the world. In terms of exchange, Indian craftspersons were paid in such volumes of silver that between 1600 and 1800, India accumulated approximately a fifth of the world’s total silver production. Despite India’s clear dominance over global trade, by the 1850s, Western Europe, seemingly out of …

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