Recommendation of 15th Finance Commission and challenges faced by Local Bodies

Recently, 15th Finance Commission report has provided many recommendations for improving the functioning of Local Bodies. The challenges faced by local bodies in India are manyfolds and there is no one-stop solution to them. Approach of previous Finance Commissions with respect to Local Bodies: So far four Finance Commissions (11th FC to 14th FC) have… Continue reading Recommendation of 15th Finance Commission and challenges faced by Local Bodies

Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the associated challenges: Explained

Recently, The Finance Minister announced the “Vehicle Scrapping Policy” in her Budget speech. The policy will phase out older, inefficient and polluting vehicles. Apart from that, the policy will also promote the use of more environment-friendly vehicles and reduce the oil import bill. But it is not an easy task and has a few challenges… Continue reading Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the associated challenges: Explained

India-Sri Lanka Maritime dispute – Explained

Recently four fishermen from Tamil Nadu died while fishing in Palk Bay.  The cause of death is still not clear. But the Indian government has registered its strong protest with India-Sri Lanka. The arrest and death of fishermen by the Sri-Lankan government is a frequent issue. A press note mentions, “between January 2015 to January… Continue reading India-Sri Lanka Maritime dispute – Explained

The POCSO Act and associated issues

Bombay High Court in Satheesh vs State of Maharastra case acquitted a man of sexual charges under the POCSO ( Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) act. The court cited the stringent Mandatory Minimum Sentence provision in the POCSO act and punished the person based on the IPC section 354 (Outraging the modesty of women).… Continue reading The POCSO Act and associated issues

Criminalisation of government criticisms: Laws and issues

Recently Bihar government decided to categorize defamatory and offensive social media posts against government officials as cybercrime. Bihar Police has issued a circular to implement this order. This is not the first instance when Sedition laws and criminal defamation have been used to silence the critics of the government. Examples of Government silencing critics: First,… Continue reading Criminalisation of government criticisms: Laws and issues

Issue of cruelty against wild animals in India

Recently an elephant died in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR), Tamil Nadu. The death was caused by a burning tyre thrown at the elephant by some people. This is not the first instance when a wild animal has been killed due to fire, firecrackers or by a mob with sticks. The violence against wild animals has… Continue reading Issue of cruelty against wild animals in India

Wages for housework: An Analysis

Recently, Kamal Haasan’s political party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, proposed a due recognition to homemakers. The Political party included payment for homemaker’s domestic work as a part of their election manifesto.    The proposal reopened the academic debate of Paying women for their domestic and care work.  Payment to domestic care work was first demanded by the Third National Women’s Liberation Conference, in England in 1972. … Continue reading Wages for housework: An Analysis

Establishment of Bad Banks – associated Issues and Significance

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic induced economic slowdown, the commercial banks are about to witness the spike in NPAs, or bad loans. To deal with it, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor is considering the proposal for the creation of a bad bank.   What is a Bad Bank?  A bad bank is an asset reconstruction company (ARC), involved in management and recovery of bad loans or NPAs of other banks.   Generally, these Banks are initially funded… Continue reading Establishment of Bad Banks – associated Issues and Significance

5G technology in India – importance, challenges and solutions

Synopsis:  More than 40 telecom operators in the World have already launched 5G technologies. India being the 5th largest economy in the world has not yet launched the 5G technology. Is it high time to launch 5G services in India or India still have time to catch up with the technology?  click here to read about what is 5G technology? Present Status of 5G in India:  Department of Telecommunication (DoT) in 2017 setup a 5G steering… Continue reading 5G technology in India – importance, challenges and solutions

Kalapani territorial dispute between India and Nepal resurfaced

Synopsis: Kalapani territory is one of the major disputed border areas between India and Nepal. But the dispute is not yet resolved by mutual terms and usually resurface time and again. In this article, you can read about the details of the dispute and the steps that India should take. Introduction: Present development Nepal has raised… Continue reading Kalapani territorial dispute between India and Nepal resurfaced