Why Complete Elimination Strategy of COVID virus is not feasible?

Synopsis: The empirical evidence shows that the idea of the complete elimination of COVID viruses in a selected few countries is not feasible. Rather, it will only increase the socioeconomic disparities thereby making the goal of elimination infeasible. Background A recent article published in The Lancet has advocated for “elimination strategy”, it is also known… Continue reading Why Complete Elimination Strategy of COVID virus is not feasible?

‘Weakness of Indian state’ in elimination of poverty

Synopsis: The pandemic has exposed the weakness of the Indian state in fulfilling the needs of the poor. This calls for a change in the current approach to eradicate the miseries faced by the poor. Background: Two books have tried to explain the shortcomings of the Indian state in meeting the aspirations of the poor. … Continue reading ‘Weakness of Indian state’ in elimination of poverty

Overexpansion of IITs will reduce its standards

Synopsis: The recent decision by UGC to allow IITs to open branches abroad will jeopardize the Institution’s brand. This overexpansion of IITs will reduce their quality. Background The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are India’s premier institutes with world-class quality standards. They are among few Indian higher education institutions that perform well in the global rankings.… Continue reading Overexpansion of IITs will reduce its standards

A tussle between Australia and Facebook over News Charges

Synopsis: Recently, a clash erupted between the Australian government and Facebook. The big Techs in Australia are opposing the Fee to media companies for using their content. Background Recently, the Australian government has proposed the ‘News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code Bill 2020’. The bill aims to make Google and Facebook pay to… Continue reading A tussle between Australia and Facebook over News Charges

Need to regulate Big techs in India

Synopsis: The Indian government is planning to announce important regulations on big techs Internet-related technology companies.  Introduction  At present the world has two visions of the internet technology:  Libertarianism: Under this, liberal internet policies were followed by countries such as the USA. This model was successful in the past but now under pressure due to… Continue reading Need to regulate Big techs in India

Judicial Review and Public Protests in India

Synopsis: The timely judicial review of the constitutional validity of laws would have reduced the number of protests in India. Background: In the Shaheen Bagh protest case, in 2020, SC held that there is no absolute right to protest and public spaces cannot be occupied and that too indefinitely. It affects the right of the… Continue reading Judicial Review and Public Protests in India

Factors affecting present inflation level in India

Synopsis: The recent January 2021 retail inflation data provides relief to monetary authorities. Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 4.06% which is a desired outcome for ensuring macroeconomic stability.  Background: The inflation had remained above the RBI’s threshold mark of 6% for six months till November. The ideal range of CPI is 2-6%. In January… Continue reading Factors affecting present inflation level in India

Importance of COVID 19 learnings in fight against tuberculosis

Synopsis: The COVID 19 pandemic has given an opportunity to India for combating other respiratory diseases like Tuberculosis (TB). The learnings from the pandemic can be used to control the spread of TB. Background: The first case of COVID 19 was reported on 30th January 2020. After that, the disease claimed the lives of 1,54,000… Continue reading Importance of COVID 19 learnings in fight against tuberculosis

Importance of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Synopsis: NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover touched down on the Martian surface. The results of the experiment will determine the quest for life on Mars and the future manned mission to Mars. Introduction  Perseverance mission is the most advanced, most expensive, and most sophisticated mobile laboratory sent to Mars. The results will determine the next… Continue reading Importance of Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

Conservation of migratory birds

Synopsis- Migratory birds are important for ecological balance. However, they are facing several threats, leading to their extinction. What are migratory birds? Bird migration is their regular seasonal movement. Birds fly hundreds and thousands of KMs to find the best habitats for feeding, breeding, and raising their young ones. Migratory birds come to India from… Continue reading Conservation of migratory birds