Why India needs ‘good’ urbanisation

Synopsis: Covid reinforces that good urbanization is our most powerful technology for poverty reduction. Introduction New York City, with just 6% of the population of Russia, has a GDP that is equal to that. Twenty-six of the world’s 33 megacities are in developing countries because their rural areas lack rule of law, infrastructure and productive commerce. This shows… Continue reading Why India needs ‘good’ urbanisation

Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Synopsis: India’s notion of diversity has allowed multiple languages to flourish and multiple communities to thrive and unite. Introduction Recently, India celebrated the Hindi Diwas 2021. About Hindi Diwas The Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi in Devanagari Script as one of the official languages of the Union of India on 14th September 1959. This day is… Continue reading Bhashas & Bharat: The current language policy is wise, born out of pragmatism. We can’t afford linguistic extremism

Enlarge the Panchsheel approach to tribal upliftment

Source:  This post is based on the article “Enlarge the Panchsheel Approach for Tribal upliftment” published in the Livemint on 2nd  September 2021. Relevance: This article explains India’s Tribal development policy. Synopsis: Despite Indian independence, tribal development is lacking in India. Introduction This article highlights the problems/ difficulties faced by tribals because of globalisation. Impact… Continue reading Enlarge the Panchsheel approach to tribal upliftment

Indian treasures at home and abroad

Source: Business Standard  Syllabus: GS 1 – Art and Culture  Relevance: To understand India historical artefacts.  Synopsis: Historically significant sites, artefacts and papers in India and the UK should be made accessible to wider audiences. Many Indian art & other valuables were acquired by East India Company & officials between 1858-1947. These are exhibited in:… Continue reading Indian treasures at home and abroad

Kabul Echoes In Lucknow

Source: Times of India   Synopsis: India needs to reject Islamophobia and has to assert liberal democracy in every aspect of life. Introduction: Recently, India witnessed widespread Islamophobia. This is evident from the instances like Cattle slaughter rules, the love jihad law and vigilante attacks on interfaith couples, anti-conversion campaigns, etc. This is because the… Continue reading Kabul Echoes In Lucknow

On India’s population, let the data speak

Source: The Indian Expres Relevance: Population control measures have to be rational and focus on the welfare-based approach Synopsis: Focusing on the education and empowerment of women can help states to achieve desired fertility rates. Introduction The recently released empirical data from the National Family Health Survey 2019-20 (NFHS-5) for 22 states and Union territories… Continue reading On India’s population, let the data speak

Open Doors not Walls

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Gandhian Values Synopsis: It is not enough to protect the precincts of Sabarmati Ashram, we must go beyond that. Adopting the Gandhian way of building a mutually nurturing society, should be the aim. Introduction: The Mahatma Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati has always attracted universal respect in India and outside. It has… Continue reading Open Doors not Walls

Fate of Afghanistan’s karez system uncertain, but south India’s surangam thriving

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Traditional methods of water conservation in India. Synopsis: The karez system in Afghanistan, a legacy of its Persian cultural linkage, has suffered extensive damage in 43 years of war and stares at an uncertain future under the Taliban’s second regime. But hundreds of miles to the south, a similar system called… Continue reading Fate of Afghanistan’s karez system uncertain, but south India’s surangam thriving

The horrors of Partition must be remembered — but for the right reasons

Source: The Hindu and Indian Express Relevance: Announcement of 14th August as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”. Synopsis: The journey of remembrance should be to seek forgiveness and not to reopen wounds or reignite hatred Importance of Remembrance Day It is an attempt to acknowledge the sacrifice, mass killings, and violence and to seek forgiveness for the… Continue reading The horrors of Partition must be remembered — but for the right reasons

India’s water crisis: It is most acute for women

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Implications of water crisis on women Synopsis: Water crisis affects women disproportionately compared to men. An analysis Context India has 16% of the world’s population, but possesses only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. India is water-stressed due to changing weather patterns and repeated droughts. And the worst sufferers of… Continue reading India’s water crisis: It is most acute for women