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Women

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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Labour Reforms

23rd September – Labour Reforms

Labour laws dilution Recently, the government withdrew three Bills related to labour laws and replaced them with new ones. These Bills make significant changes to regulation of labour and the employer-employee relationship in several ways. Background – India has a complex regime of labour laws, and several committees have recommended simplifying and rationalising them. Last …

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Welfare of animals

19th September – Welfare of animals

For the welfare of animals For a country that claims adherence to ahimsa, India’s treatment of its animals betrays a moral failure. Over the past year alone, there have been reports of animals being subjected to sexual abuse, acid attacks, being thrown off rooftops, and being burnt alive. A major factor that enables such violence …

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Malnutrition

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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Marriage

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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Secularism

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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Temple Management

4th August – Chardham Board Verdict

Chardham Board Verdict In a major setback to the arguments on the state’s control of Hindu temples, the Uttarakhand High Court has recently upheld the constitutionality of the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board Act, 2019 that was enacted by the Uttarakhand government. What is the controversy? The Uttarakhand law allegedly takes control of four …

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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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