Must Read News Articles – August 7

Archives GS 1 Social issues Let’s talk about a supplemental income: (The Hindu, Editorial) The concept of a basic income must be qualified to restrict beneficiaries to groups that are easily identified. Private power, public apathy: (The Hindu, Editorial) Modify landmark labour laws to bring domestic work under the purview of state regulation. Skill, don’t detain:… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – August 7

Must Read News Articles – August 5

Archives GS 1 Social issues Punishing the victims: (The Hindu, Editorial) The steady erosion of the anti-dowry law will endanger countless women in genuine distress. GS 2 Parliament and State Legislatures Cattle trade ban rules were not placed before Parliament: (The Hindu) The rules banning cattle slaughter were never placed before Parliament — which the government… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – August 5

Must Read News Articles – August 2

Archives GS 1 Social issues Breaking addiction: (The Hindu, Editorials) Lower nicotine content in UK cigarettes is an idea whose time has come. Barriers to well-being: (The Hindu, Editorials) The extent of society’s responsibility for child health care needs clarity. Victim in the dock: (Indian Express, Editorial) Supreme Court order saying the law on cruelty against women is… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – August 2

Must Read News Articles – August 1

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 Government policies Drug-smuggling route reveals itself again: Intelligence agencies say cartels have been exploiting vast seas off India and Pakistan. Don’t shoot the messenger: (The Hindu, Editorial) Proposed amendments to the Whistle Blowers Act defeat the very purpose of the legislation. India and neighbors The Manila envelope: (The Hindu, Editorial)… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – August 1

Must Read News Articles – July 31

Archives GS 1 Indian society The right to be left alone: (Indian Express, Editorial) Privacy is not just about Aadhaar or data protection; it’s about letting people make free choices. For a greater global role, take SDGs seriously: (Live Mint, Editorial) India’s inability to link its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) efforts with its global ambitions is telling,… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 31

Must Read News Articles – July 29

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 International groupings and agreements Fight against terror, BRICS told: National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has called upon the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping to exercise international leadership in countering terrorism, in tune with the growing role of the emerging economies in setting the global agenda. Doval wants BRICS to fight… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 29

Must Read News Articles – July 28

Archives GS 1 SC for panels to examine dowry cases: (The Hindu) Set up ‘family welfare committees’ in all districts under NALSA, says Bench. Public health, private players?: (The Hindu, Editorial) Private providers will be able to cherry-pick the lucrative districts where patients have a higher paying capacity. GS 2 India and neighbors Doval holds… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 28

Must Read News Articles – July 26

Archives GS 1 Urbanisation Brokering the social contract in India’s slums: (Live Mint, Editorial) Political brokers, who have emerged through a solid bottom-up process, operate in the informal space between the state and the citizen. The vexed question of financing Indian cities: (Live Mint, Editorial) Their financial health is in such a pathetic state that… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 26

Must Read News Articles – July 25

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 India and neighbors Don’t harbour unrealistic illusions, China tells India: (The Hindu) China said on Monday that it will safeguard its security interests at “any cost” as its sovereignty was “indomitable”, amid a standoff with India in the Sikkim sector. Government policies Centre seeks more time on cattle slaughter… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 25

Must Read News Articles – July 24

Archives GS 1 Indian society The boycott ban: (The Hindu, Editorial) Maharashtra’s law criminalising social ostracism is a template for other States. GS 2 India and neighbors ‘India’s approach to U.S. and China differs’: India frequently and assertively tries to shape comments from the United States on Pakistan during crises, but it does not do… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 24

Must Read News Articles – July 22

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 Constitutional and quasi-judicial Bodies Audit slams Railways on food quality: (The Hindu) CAG reports find shortcomings in rail catering service, Army’s munition management. Government policies ‘Major deficiencies in Army’s ammunition reserves’: (The Hindu) Reserves of 40% of various types of ammunition found to be below critical limits. SC: mentally… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 22

Must Read News Articles – July 21

Archives GS 1 Urbanisation Should urbanisation score over conservation?: (The Hindu, Editorial) The Culture Ministry talks not of cultural heritage but of roadways, railway tracks, and private landed interests. Social issues Re-arming the law: (Indian Express, Editorial) In the wake of the new violence, the targeted killings bill must be revived and owned by all… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 21

Must Read News Articles – July 20

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 Government policies SC wonders whether privacy could be an absolute right: Right to privacy is not absolute and cannot prevent the state from making laws imposing reasonable restrictions on citizens, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday. New social security net planned: Scheme will provide universal coverage to workers in… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 20

Must Read News Articles – July 18

Archives GS 1 Urbanization, Government policies Jobs, facts and fiction: (Indian Express, Editorial) India has more formal non-farm jobs than we think. Creating millions more needs labour, education reforms GS 2 Government policies Centre’s ‘no’ to SC appeal on old notes: (The Hindu) The Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday that it took a… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 18

Must Read News Articles – July 15

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 Government policies Probe ‘extra-judicial’ killings in Manipur, SC tells CBI: (The Hindu) In a resounding blow to impunity for security and armed forces personnel in disturbed areas under the grip of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered a time-bound CBI probe into… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 15

Must Read News Articles – July 14

Archives GS 1 — GS 2 India and neighbors Diplomacy at work to end border stand-off with China: (The Hindu) MEA strikes measured note on the situation at the Sikkim tri-junction. Healing The Sea: (Indian Express, Editorial) India must learn from Sri Lanka’s ban on bottom-trawling. Why the visit of Myanmar’s military chief is important… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 14

Must Read News Articles – July 13

Archives GS 1 Social issues A Crisis Of Male Identity: (Indian Express, Editorial) Communal and gender violence in India points to the same backlash. GS 2 India and neighbors India-China trade talks deadlocked: (The Hindu) Trade talks between India and China remained deadlocked with neither side willing to offer concessions to end the impasse. Game… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 13

Must Read News Articles – July 10

Archives GS 1 Social issues Seeds of a million tyrannies: (Indian Express, Editorial) The anti-minority violence India is witnessing is significant not principally because of its scale but because of the processes engendering it. Law, morality, triple talaq: (Indian Express, Editorial) The issue is not whether triple talaq is an essential practice of Islam, but… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 10

Must Read News Articles – July 8

Archives GS 1 —  GS 2 Government policies Aadhaar not ‘totalitarian’: Centre: (The Hindu) After Aadhaar, people are getting their money and benefits. International groupings and agreements Substance and optics: (The Hindu, Editorial) Though successful summitry depends on personal chemistry, there is enough content in India-Israel ties. India and neighbors Delhi has ‘ulterior motives’, asserts Beijing: (The… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 8

Must Read News Articles – July 6

Archives GS 1 Social Issues Before the sluice gates close: (The Hindu, Editorial) The Sardar Sarovar project cannot be complete without resettlement of the thousands displaced or affected.  GS 2 International groupings and agreements India, Israel to set up $40 mn research fund: (The Hindu) Form strategic partnership, call for strong measures against terrorists, terror organisations,… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 6

Must Read News Articles – July 4

Archives GS 1 Social issues The organising principle of lynch mobs: (The Hindu, Editorial) Logically, the one right that enables us to possess and exercise other rights is the right to life granted by Article 21 of the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution. Towards unfreedom: (Indian Express, Editorial) There is little cogent or visionary opposition to… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 4

Must Read News Articles – July 3

Archives GS 1 Social issues Written-off in the hinterland: (The Hindu, Editorial) The impact of education on rural life has remained consistent since colonial days. The missing learning curve: (Indian Express, Editorial) We need to build institutional memory, improve decision-making. Let’s start with data. What lynchings say about the Indian state: (Live Mint, Editorial) Failing to respond to… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 3

Must Read News Articles – July 1

Archives GS 1 —  GS 2 India and neighbors Border standoff: India warns of serious impact: (The Hindu) India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese Government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India. Face-off in Doklam: (Indian Express,… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – July 1

Must Read News Articles – June 30

Archives GS 1 Social issues A school without textbooks: (Indian Express, Editorial) We need to nurture skills, encourage children to engage with environment.  GS 2 Government policies The task before the sentinel: (The Hindu, Editorial) It is time the Chief Justice of India set up the larger Bench to examine privacy challenges to Aadhaar. Parliament and… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 30

Must Read News Articles – June 28

Archives GS 1 Social issues Dalit vs Dalit: (Indian Express, Editorial) The word “Dalit” refers to castes stigmatised in the socio-economic, political and cultural discourse of Indian society.  GS 2 International groupings and agreements Indo-U.S. statement focusses on fight against terrorism: (The Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump jointly declared that bilateral… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 28

Must Read News Articles – June 27

Archives GS 1 —  GS 2 Effects of developed and developing countries policies Qatar crisis: mending the rift: (The Hindu, Editorial) The international community must push for a resolution of the Qatar crisis. India may ask Myanmar to end ceasefire with NSCN(K): (The Hindu) India may ask Myanmar to revoke its ceasefire pact with the National Socialist… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 27

Must Read News Articles – June 26

Archives GS 1  —  GS 2 International groupings and agreements For a stronger India-U.S. bond: (The Hindu) A critical factor impacting business engagement between the two nations is an unprecedented focus by the U.S. on high-skill labour mobility. Indian firms firmly support weeding out the abuse of the visa system. Government policies Is it time to… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 26

Must Read News Articles – June 24

Archives GS 1  —  GS 2 International groupings and agreements ‘Brexit is an opportunity for Netherlands-India ties’: Netherlands is aspiring to emerge as India’s biggest partner in Europe following the Brexit-related changes taking place in Europe. U.S. visit aimed at deepening ties: India’s partnership with the United States is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 24

Must Read News Articles – June 23

Archives GS 1 Social issues Is prohibition the answer?: (The Hindu, Editorial) Whether or not people can drink is a debate fuelled by upper-caste hypocrisy, a mix of religious guilt and bigotry.  GS 2 Effects of developed and developing countries policies India flags U.S. military aid to Pakistan: Agenda set for Prime Minister Modi’s first… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 23

Must Read News Articles – June 22

Archives GS 1 Social issues Bans, do they work at all?: (Live Mint, Editorial) Bans don’t solve any behavioural problems. We need to develop new strategies to deal with various social evils.  GS 2 International groupings and agreements India to stick to nuclear policy: (The Hindu, Editorial) Government would continue to give its most careful attention… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 22

Must Read News Articles – June 20

Archives  GS 2 Issues related to governance End the violence: (The Hindu, Editorial) Longstanding issues such as the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal cannot be wished away with a magic wand. Legislation and legality: (The Hindu, Editorial) In the Aadhaar-PAN case, the Supreme Court has effectively held that… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 20

Must Read News Articles – June 19

Archives  GS 2 Parliament and State Legislatures Contest vs. consensus: (The Hindu, Editorial) Whether an enlightened public figure or an active politician, the next President should be one who enjoys the widest possible acceptability. For this to happen, there should be meaningful discussions towards building a consensus among the major political parties ahead of the… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 19

Must Read News Articles – June 17

Archives  GS 2 Aadhaar must for bank accounts: (The Hindu) The government, through a notification amending a prevention of money laundering law, has made it mandatory to provide Aadhaar to open a bank account and to conduct a transaction of Rs. 50,000 or more. Maximum force: (Indian Express, Editorial) The arbitrariness of the sedition charges imposed… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 17

Must Read News Articles – June 16

Archives  GS 1 Reform, Despite Nay-Sayers: (Indian Express, Editorial) The history of the abolition of sati is instructive for the triple talaq debate.  GS 2 ‘Cattle sale curbs will help to regulate trade’: (The Hindu) SC issues notice to Centre on petitions. ‘Cattle sale notice curbs religious freedom’: (The Hindu) The Centre had on May 26 banned… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 16

Must Read News Articles – June 12

GS 1 Geophysical phenomena Met Dept. sees ‘good week’ ahead for monsoon: The southwest monsoon is making a steady advance into Maharashtra and West Bengal and the Meteorological Department has predicted a “good week” ahead. GS 2 India and neighbors ‘Neighbourhood First’ in Nepal: (The Hindu, Editorial) India needs to help Prime Minister Deuba clear… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 12

Must Read News Articles – June 12

GS 1 Geophysical phenomena Met Dept. sees ‘good week’ ahead for monsoon: The southwest monsoon is making a steady advance into Maharashtra and West Bengal and the Meteorological Department has predicted a “good week” ahead. GS 2 India and neighbors ‘Neighbourhood First’ in Nepal: (The Hindu, Editorial) India needs to help Prime Minister Deuba clear… Continue reading Must Read News Articles – June 12