Visualising the Himalaya with other coordinates

Source: The Hindu Relevance: The countries in the Himalayas has to look beyond geopolitics and security to protect the interest of humanity Synopsis: Looking at the Himalayas only through the prism of geopolitics and security concerns ignores its other crucial frameworks. Introduction: India and other countries lying in the Himalayas is so far has been examining the… Continue reading Visualising the Himalaya with other coordinates

Leveraging traditional lo-tech innovations to fight climate change

Source: TOI Relevance: Understanding the role of traditional ecological practices as a sustainable solution to climate change problem. Synopsis: Indigenous technological innovations backed by traditional ecological knowledge is the way forward to fight climate change. Problem with high-tech High-tech solutions to climate change are based on an idea of abundance of resources, money and unrestricted… Continue reading Leveraging traditional lo-tech innovations to fight climate change

Patchwork progress  

Source: The Hindu Synopsis: The Government has recently introduced changes to 1961 Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation law. Background Read here: https://blog.forumias.com/changes-to-deposit-insurance/ Benefits for depositors: Added Points As per RBI data, ₹76.21 lakh crore or almost 51% of deposits are now insured, but 98.3% of all accounts have balances of ₹5 lakh or less,… Continue reading Patchwork progress  

EU’s vaccine travel pass is highly discriminatory towards low-income countries

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Implications of Green Pass scheme Synopsis: Green Pass scheme is discriminatory towards low income countries. Issues involved and way forward. Background In a recent guideline, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended its member states not to seek proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery as a mandatory condition for entry to… Continue reading EU’s vaccine travel pass is highly discriminatory towards low-income countries

Quotas don’t solve what’s really wrong with education

Source: Times of India Synopsis: Recently, the government announced 27% reservation for OBC and 10% for EWS candidates in the all-India quota for medical admissions. Introduction: The proportional increase in overall seats continues the trend of entrenching reservations. Now this government can claim bragging rights, just like in 2006 government did after introducing OBC reservations in… Continue reading Quotas don’t solve what’s really wrong with education

How a Supreme court order could render the new co-op ministry a non-starter

Source: Business Standard Synopsis: Supreme court order has huge ramifications on the functioning of the newly-formed cooperative ministry Background Recently, the Supreme Court of India in a landmark judgment struck down parts of the 97th amendment to the Constitution. The 97th amendment to the Constitution sought to reduce the powers of the state governments over… Continue reading How a Supreme court order could render the new co-op ministry a non-starter

Cloud over Videocon resolution process points to larger weakness in IBC

Source: Indian Express Syllabus: GS- 3 Industries and industrial policies Synopsis: issues involved in Videocon resolution process  Background Videocon was one of the first test cases to examine the prospects of insolvency jurisprudence in India and the first one, for group insolvency proceedings. On June 8, the NCLT approved a resolution plan submitted by Twinstar… Continue reading Cloud over Videocon resolution process points to larger weakness in IBC

How does a democracy die?

Source: Indian Express  Relevance: This article highlights few examples that can turn a country in a failed democracy. Synopsis: Democracies die when democratically elected governments cease to be held accountable by a society weakened by poor health, low morale, and joblessness. In such a scenario, political leaders are prone to blindness and incompetence, they pay… Continue reading How does a democracy die?

Law and lawmakers

Source: The Hindu  Synopsis: The Supreme Court held that a legislative privilege cannot be extended to provide legal immunity to criminal acts committed by lawmakers. Background: On March 13, 2015, six members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) from LDF party in Kerala tried to interrupt the presentation of the Budget. Their action resulted in destruction… Continue reading Law and lawmakers

Small state, big brother

Source: Business Standard Synopsis: Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of the central government trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states, which has unleashed latent regionalism. Background: Recent border clashes on the Assam-Mizoram Border and Assam-Meghalaya border point to the failure of central and state governments to solve the boundary issue. On 26 July, a… Continue reading Small state, big brother