Don’t support minimum support prices

News: Legal MSP is an illogical, expensive and inefficient policy instrument. Unless farmers move rapidly towards high-value agriculture, there is not much scope to achieve better incomes for smallholders in an economically efficient and sustainable way. What is the actual reach of MSP regime? If one uses the Census and National Accounts data, – The… Continue reading Don’t support minimum support prices

India’s foreign policy in 2021: From selective to universal engagement

News: India’s foreign policy in 2021 followed a style of openness and readiness to deal with friends and foes alike. From selective alignment, India moved to universal engagement, even to the extent of convening meetings with antagonists. About India’s foreign policy in 2021 Relations with the US and its allies: India took active engagements with… Continue reading India’s foreign policy in 2021: From selective to universal engagement

Recognize kids as Individuals and not just as learners

News: Pandemic has brought a lot of problems for the education sector although students, teachers have tried to adapt to these ever-occurring disturbances, but challenges still remain.  1) Issue of diversity and inequality– While some students campaign to bring their various gadgets to the classroom for more integrated learning, plenty more continue to struggle for even… Continue reading Recognize kids as Individuals and not just as learners

Explained: Two new vaccines, an oral pill against Covid-19, and how they work

What is the news? India has approved two more Covid-19 vaccines, Corbevax and Covovax under emergency use authorization.It has also approved an antiviral drug, Molnupiravir to fight against COVID-19. Must Read: What is Molnupiravir, the Covid-19 pill approved by India? What is Covovax Vaccine? Covavax is manufactured by Serum Institute of India(SII) and has been… Continue reading Explained: Two new vaccines, an oral pill against Covid-19, and how they work

Konark Sun Temple: Added by British for stability, sand inside Konark Sun Temple may be cleared

What is the News? Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has revealed it is working on a preliminary roadmap to safely remove sand from the interiors of Konark Sun Temple. Why ASI is removing sand from the interiors of Konark Sun Temple? The British administration in 1903 had filled the Jaga Mohan (assembly hall) of the… Continue reading Konark Sun Temple: Added by British for stability, sand inside Konark Sun Temple may be cleared

Legal MSP: A right and a necessity

News: The demand for legal guarantee for the MSP has become the subject of much debate since the start of the farmer agitation. Many arguments have been given centred around its economic and legal feasibility. But, most are not supported by data or sound economic logic. Must Read: Legalising MSP: Challenges and way forward –… Continue reading Legal MSP: A right and a necessity

J&K delimitation exercise sets a dangerous precedent

News: Delimitation Commission headed by Justice Ranjana Desai has completed the task of delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir, but there have been some concerns regarding its mandate.  What are the issues associated with the recently concluded delimitation of J&K?  Population base: This delimitation commission has  taken the 2011 Census as the basis for delimitation for… Continue reading J&K delimitation exercise sets a dangerous precedent

Belgaum Border Dispute: Explained: Latest flashpoint in Belagavi border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka

What is the News? The decades-old dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra over the Belagavi or as Maharashtra likes to call it the Belgaum district, is back in the headlines. Note: Currently, Belgaum or Belagavi is part of Karnataka but is claimed by Maharashtra. What is Belgaum Border Dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra? At the time… Continue reading Belgaum Border Dispute: Explained: Latest flashpoint in Belagavi border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka

Banks have fared better than expected in pandemic, but there are also signs of stress building up

News: According to the RBI’s Report on Trends and Progress of Banking in India, 2020-21, Indian banking system has performed better than the expectation during the pandemic. But, it is still far from full recovery and there are still impending threats.  How has banking sector performed during the pandemic?  The asset quality of banks has… Continue reading Banks have fared better than expected in pandemic, but there are also signs of stress building up

Joint development of oil tank farm by India, Lanka could alter dynamic of Delhi-Beijing rivalry

News: Sri Lanka’s energy minister has said the India-Lanka development of the strategic Trincomalee oil tank farm will be finalised in January. What are the reasons for the recent economic crisis in Srilanka? The Easter killings of 2019:  it dealt a hammer blow to the country’s tourism industry, its main economic activity and source of… Continue reading Joint development of oil tank farm by India, Lanka could alter dynamic of Delhi-Beijing rivalry