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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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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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