Jal Shakti

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Economic impact of COVID-19

28th March – Economic impacts of COVID-19

How can India contain the economic impact of COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively brought normal life to a halt in India. The importance of social distancing and a lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus cannot be stressed enough, but these measures also have huge repercussions on livelihoods and the economy at large, …

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27th March – Lockdown

Why lockdown is for 21 days? Is there any public health/ epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat Coronavirus epidemic? Background – There are four common coronaviruses that cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These are – 229E (alpha coronavirus); NL63 (alpha …

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Neoliberal virus

26th March – Neoliberal virus

The age of neoliberal virus The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease is the first neoliberal virus in the world. To say so is to criticise how it has been confronted by most governments across the world. This even applies to the better social welfare capitalist States of Europe — such as Denmark. Retreating social …

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11th March – AB-PMJAY

A health scheme sans clout Mainstreaming transformative technologies in the healthcare ecosystem and boosting innovation in delivery are a major focus under the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) — with the three intentions of containing costs, improving care quality, and bridging existing gaps in service provision. Health expenditure – A 15th Finance Commission …

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25th February – Demographic Dividend

India’s population is among the youngest in an ageing world. By 2022, the median age in India will be 28 years; in comparison, it will be 37 in China and the United States, 45 in western Europe, and 49 in Japan. A demographic dividend, said to have commenced around 2004-05, is available for close to …

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22nd February – Gearing up to fight the next big viral outbreak

India is ill-prepared to deal with the new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is causing worldwide panic. Why the concerns are high? The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Health Security Index finds that no country is adequately prepared. It assesses 195 countries across six categories — prevention, early detection, rapid response, health system quality, standards, …

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18th January – Universal Healthcare

Most middle-class taxpayers in private jobs are stuck between the devil and the deep sea when it comes to accessing quality, and yet affordable, healthcare. Their faith in government hospitals is eroding, and dependence on expensive private hospitals is increasing. What is ‘Universal Healthcare’? In 1948, the World Health Organisation had enshrined ‘Universal Health Coverage’ …

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5th December – Setting the clock on intersex human rights

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, has continued to trigger protests across the country. Without addressing the concerns of the LGBTQ community and considering any amendment to the draft Bill, the Rajya Sabha has passed the same version of the draft law that was passed by the Lok Sabha. Case – In April …

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