Why India’s coal habit won’t be easy to shake off

News: In the climate summit at Glasgow, India spoke of a “phase down” rather than a “phase out” for coal, and it was backed by China, South Africa and some other countries. It shows India’s huge dependence on coal for its energy requirements and is likely to be so by 2030. A phase-out may hurt… Continue reading Why India’s coal habit won’t be easy to shake off

Stable banking – On Banking reforms

News: The RBI last week announced that it had accepted 21 of the 33 recommendations of the internal working group set up to examine the ownership guidelines and corporate structure in private sector banks. One of the key recommendations made by the internal working group was that industrial houses be permitted to promote banks after… Continue reading Stable banking – On Banking reforms

Yes, there are two Indias, and they are not getting any closer together

News: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has released the 2019-21 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5). Read more: NFHS-5 and its findings – Explained, pointwise Why it is called two India? There is a stark contrast of development that exist between better performing Indian states and less performing Indian states. The fifth National Family Health… Continue reading Yes, there are two Indias, and they are not getting any closer together

Indian agriculture needs a Verghese Kurien

News: 26th Nov, 2021 was Kurien’s 100th birth anniversary What is the legacy of Verghese Kurien? Architect of a rural revolution: He transformed the lives of millions of farmers in Gujarat. Poverty alleviation and social transformation was central to his idea of Co-operative model. Professional integrity: There were many who saw him as an outsider… Continue reading Indian agriculture needs a Verghese Kurien

Airport Lessons

News: The Jewar International Airport, a greenfield project will be the second airport in NCR. Both international airports in NCR will then be under private management. It demonstrates India’s success in the last two decades in attracting private capital and management into airport infrastructure development and maintenance. How private players’ participation was facilitated in airport… Continue reading Airport Lessons

Decomputerize to decarbonize: A climate debate we can’t avoid

News: Our planet faces an existential threat, with climate change and global warming threatening to make it un-liveable in a few decades. Digitization doesn’t just pose a risk to people, It also poses a risk to the planet. How computerization and technology adoption is contributing to climate change? One huge factor ruining our planet is the… Continue reading Decomputerize to decarbonize: A climate debate we can’t avoid

Setting the tone at Glasgow, the job ahead in Delhi

News: Net zero target set by India has cemented its position as a world leader in global climate change policy landscape. Now, keeping in line with the spirit of climate justice, rich countries need to veer away from their unsustainable lifestyles and wasteful consumption patterns. India too needs to focus on sustainable well-being. How the… Continue reading Setting the tone at Glasgow, the job ahead in Delhi

After farm laws repeal, farmer unions want legal guarantee for MSP. Should the govt give in?

News: Despite the announcement by the PM to repeal the three farm laws, farmers are demanding that, MSP should be made a legal entitlement. This article provides both the side of the arguments (support and against) w.r.t legalising MSP demand. Some points are already covered in the following article: Read more: https://blog.forumias.com/explained-in-perspective-farm-distress-and-the-demand-for-guaranteed-msp/ What are the… Continue reading After farm laws repeal, farmer unions want legal guarantee for MSP. Should the govt give in?

Chinese med imports up 75%, raises concerns

News: China has become the largest exporter of medical devices to India, overtaking US and Germany during 2020-21. The imports of med-tech and medical devices having jumped up to 75% from China alone, whereas overall increase in med-tech imports from all nations is just about 7%. What are the reasons for the huge increase in… Continue reading Chinese med imports up 75%, raises concerns

Decline in India’s camel population is worrying

News: According to the article published in National Geographic, the camel population in India has been in decline, especially in Rajasthan because of the Indira Gandhi Canal which hampered the movement of Raikas and Camels. What were the reasons behind the decline in the camel population? Fewer dairy benefits: Long gestation period (15 months); limited… Continue reading Decline in India’s camel population is worrying