According to the Human Development Report released by UNDP India ranks 129 out of 189 countries on the 2019 Human Development Index(HDI) — up one slot from the 130th position last year. Norway occupied the top position in the List. Among India’s neighbours, Sri Lanka (71) and China (85) are higher up the rank scale while Bhutan(134), Bangladesh (135), Myanmar (145), Nepal (147), Pakistan (152) and Afghanistan (170) were ranked lower on the list.
The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the CitizenshipAmendment Bill (CAB) that seeks to give citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Also, Home Minister Amit Shah told the Lok Sabha that Manipur would be brought under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, thus exempting it from the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
While there is reason to be concerned about delays in rape trials, a Hyderabadlike solution is out of the question.
Citizenship law amendment goes against nondiscriminatory norms in the Constitution.
A Bill seeking to extend by 10 years reservation to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and the Assemblies and remove the provision of nominating two members of the AngloIndian community to the Lok Sabha was introduced in the House on Monday. The reservation given to SCs, STs and the Anglo-Indian community for the past 70 years is to end on January25, 2020.
Alternative strategies led by India and China should now move centre stage.
The writers emphasize need to focus on data reforms which may have a huge impact on the economic revival of the nation.