CBSE’s New Assessment System for Class 10 Students

Synopsis: CBSE has canceled the board examinations for 10th class students. CBSE’s new assessment system will be the new system based on objective criteria to assess their academic performance. How marks are awarded for students as per CBSE’s new assessment system? The basic break-up of marks provided by the board is as follows; Internal Assessment… Continue reading CBSE’s New Assessment System for Class 10 Students

States control over temples is against Secularism

Synopsis: There is an urgent need to provide adequate community representation in the management of their places of worship Background There has been a persistent demand from the communities to deregulate state control over temples. Communities are asking for their right to representation in the affairs of the management of temples. Now the question is… Continue reading States control over temples is against Secularism

Issues in COVID-19 Management Guidelines

Synopsis: The Health Ministry’s COVID-19 management guidelines show disregard for evidence, pricing, cost-effectiveness, and social relevance. Introduction  The Health Ministry released its first COVID-19 management guidelines about a year ago. This guideline included hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19. It led to its panic buying. Later, in a year, multiple studies rejected this claim. However,… Continue reading Issues in COVID-19 Management Guidelines

Increasing Gender Gap in India

Synopsis: Various factual estimates on Women highlights India’s disregard for Women and the increasing Gender gap in India. Background India slips 28 spots on the 2021 Global Gender Gap index released by World Economic Forum. Currently, India ranks 140th rank among 156 countries. In 2020, India’s rank was 112th among 153 countries on the index.… Continue reading Increasing Gender Gap in India

Intellectual Property Rights vs Right to Access Basic Healthcare  

Synopsis: Intellectual Property rules governed by TRIPS agreement are still hindering equal access to basic healthcare. Even a crisis like Covid-19 Pandemic could not bring any relief from this regime. Background Quick and efficient vaccination is the most appropriate way to achieve global herd immunity against the virus. However, compliance with TRIPS agreement deprives developing… Continue reading Intellectual Property Rights vs Right to Access Basic Healthcare  

The New Vaccine Strategy May Widen Inequality

Synopsis: The new vaccine strategy fails to address the issues of affordability and accessibility. It may contribute to widening inequality in access to  health care. Background Recently, the Centre revised its vaccine strategy to accelerate its vaccination drive to bring the Second wave Covid 19 under control. The revised strategies are, One, Vaccine coverage is… Continue reading The New Vaccine Strategy May Widen Inequality

Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic

Synopsis: Food insecurity is rising among the most vulnerable populations due to 2nd wave of the pandemic. Hence, the government should take precautionary steps to save millions from hunger and food insecurity. Background Even before the pandemic, India’s efforts to tackle the food security crisis have been poor. For example, India ranks 102 among 117… Continue reading Rising Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic

Need to Accelerate Vaccination drive

Synopsis: Need to address the issues that issues that are hampering India’s Accelerate Vaccination drive on a priority basis. Background Currently, India is vaccinating more than three million people per day and has administered more than 140 million doses of the vaccine as of April 25, 2021. However, only about 22.3 million (1.63% of India’s… Continue reading Need to Accelerate Vaccination drive

A Case of Declining Judicial Federalism in India

Synopsis: SC transferred all oxygen supply-related cases in various High Courts. It did so, in the name of prioritising uniformity across nations in the distribution of essential services. This step of SC is against Judicial Federalism in India. Background In Parmanand Katara v. Union of India (1989), the Supreme Court said that ‘the right to… Continue reading A Case of Declining Judicial Federalism in India

Measures to Control the Covid-19 Second Wave

Synopsis: The current rapid spread of the Covid-19 is a result of poor political choices, poor communications, and neglect of public health principles Background India is witnessing a more intensive spread of Covid 19 in the second wave. For example, more than 3 lakh daily cases are reported, fatality rate has increased (2,000 deaths daily).… Continue reading Measures to Control the Covid-19 Second Wave