One year of National Education Policy – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The launch of the National Education Policy 2020 marked remarkable progress in the area of education and learning. India has completed one year into the National Education Policy. The pandemic has slowed the progress of NEP. The NEP is essentially about learning through observation, listening, exploring, experimenting, and asking questions. All of these are… Continue reading One year of National Education Policy – Explained, pointwise

Why liberalism is withering on the vine

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: Liberal ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity cannot be optimised, except in small communities. Background: Liberalism is associated with mainly two popular theories. The first one is given by Adam Smith and focuses on economic liberalism.  While the other one is drawn from the liberals of the French Revolution and focuses… Continue reading Why liberalism is withering on the vine

Providing horizontal quota: the Bihar way

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains the recent horizontal reservation policy of the Bihar government and its advantages. Synopsis The Bihar government’s horizontal reservation for women should be extended to other states also. Introduction The Bihar government recently announced 33% horizontal reservation for women in State engineering and medical colleges. What is the vertical and… Continue reading Providing horizontal quota: the Bihar way

‘Improve social security for workers’

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article analyzes the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour report on the impact of the pandemic on rising unemployment. Synopsis The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour highlighted many issues and provided suggestions for improving employment. About the News The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour submitted a report on the impact of the… Continue reading ‘Improve social security for workers’

Getting back in business in the Indo-Pacific

Source: The Hindu Relevance: A visible shift in the USA’s Asian foreign policy towards the Indo-Pacific region will be very important for India. Synopsis: Recent visits of the top US officials to various Asian nations indicate that the USA is trying to shift its foreign policy focus away from Afghanistan & Iraq to maritime Asia… Continue reading Getting back in business in the Indo-Pacific

Setting new house rules

Source: Indian Express  Synopsis: The legislative body’s role must be strengthened and deepened so that disruption of proceedings ceases to be an option. Background: Disruption is replacing discussion as the foundation of our legislative functioning. In this regard, the government is considering curtailing the monsoon session of Parliament.  All sessions since last year have been… Continue reading Setting new house rules

Criminalising welfare issues

Source: The Hindu Relevance: This article explains why the government should avoid criminalising welfare measures Synopsis: Before the legislature adopts coercive legal measures, a welfare response should be considered Introduction: Recently, the Supreme Court turned down a petition to restrain begging at traffic lights, markets, and public places in light of the precautionary measures for the… Continue reading Criminalising welfare issues

Steps to sustain the big success that our DBT Mission has been

Source: Livemint Relevance: This article explains DBT Mission’s achievement, challenges and solutions. Synopsis: It is not much discussed, but the success of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) Mission is indisputable. Introduction: Over the last 18 months, while, there have been very few silver linings in government actions. One of them has been a demonstration of the… Continue reading Steps to sustain the big success that our DBT Mission has been

The hacking of Indian democracy

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Understanding various dimensions of the fall out of the Pegasus revelations. Synopsis: International treaties, rules, and reports on the issue of right to privacy & the way forward in the Pegasus case. Background The Pegasus revelations reflect an attack on Indian democracy and Indian citizens. National security is important, but it… Continue reading The hacking of Indian democracy

Making a case for Indo-Abrahamic accord

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Emergence of a new geo-political order in West Asia is providing an opportunity for India to increase its role in the region. Synopsis: Turkish president’s excessive ambitions, alienation of Israel and moderate Arabs, growing conflict with Greece and alignment with Pakistan presents India with opportunity to widen outreach to west of… Continue reading Making a case for Indo-Abrahamic accord