China parading Galwan soldier at Winter Games is indefensible

News: China paraded Qi Fabao, A PLA regiment commander who was involved in China’s Galwan Valley border confrontation with India. He acted as one of the torchbearers for the Winter Olympics. Read more: Explained: Why artificial snow needs to be pumped to pull off Beijing Winter Olympics Why the China move is problematic? China welcomed the… Continue reading China parading Galwan soldier at Winter Games is indefensible

India’s Employment problem predates COVID. The pandemic has deepened the faultlines

News: Data from the Periodic labour force survey (PLFS) suggests that urban unemployment during January-March 2021 had declined to the pre-Covid level of around 9%, after peaking at 20.8% during the first wave.   Various other estimates also point towards the same. However, it necessarily does not reflect an expansion of more productive forms of… Continue reading India’s Employment problem predates COVID. The pandemic has deepened the faultlines

Explained: What RBI’s status quo means for stock investors and borrowers

What is the News? The six-member Monetary Policy Committee(MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept key policy rates – Repo rate, Reverse repo rate and the Bank rate – unchanged for the 10th time in a row and retained the accommodative policy stance. Why has RBI kept the interest rates unchanged? RBI… Continue reading Explained: What RBI’s status quo means for stock investors and borrowers

How to expand India’s forest cover

News:  India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2021 recently released its report, which attracts many questions about the definition of forests and plantation. This article gives answers to all that queries. Read here: India State of Forest Report 2021 – Explained, pointwise About definition of forest India’s definition of forest cover is in sync with that… Continue reading How to expand India’s forest cover

Time to end employer criminalisation

News: The recent budget has prioritized Ease of Doing Business (EODB) 2.0. The article says that criminalization of employers has affected productivity of Indian economy, hence there is need to relook the jail provisions and simplify the laws. Why there is need to reconsider employer criminalization? One, the excessive criminalisation of employers has painful consequences… Continue reading Time to end employer criminalisation

A growth focused monetary policy

News: To maintain a desired growth rate, Reserve Bank has kept an accommodative policy stance despite the new risks from elevated crude oil prices and the possibility of aggressive policy measures by the US Federal Reserve.   What is accommodative policy stance and its impact?  An accommodative stance means the central bank is prepared to expand… Continue reading A growth focused monetary policy

Local job laws that raise constitutional questions

News: Supreme court is soon to hear the petition on removing the stay on the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act. Punjab and Haryana High Court have stayed the Haryana government’s law guaranteeing 75% reservation to locals in private sector jobs. What is the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Act? Read more:  Haryana State Employment… Continue reading Local job laws that raise constitutional questions

What three recent cases say about our labyrinthine legal system

News: Old laws, difficult to interpret language and long-running cases create obstacles to justice. What are the factors contributing to the obstacles to justice? Archaic Laws: Recently, the Supreme Court has ruled that daughters will have equal rights to their father’s property even prior to the enactment of the Hindu Succession Act (HSA) of 1956. Although, the… Continue reading What three recent cases say about our labyrinthine legal system

The classroom is important, not the uniform

News: Karnataka is seeing bitter clashes over the banning of hijab and the imposition of dress code in educational institutions. Must read: Explained: Freedom of religion and attire Why inclusive nature of the classroom is a must for child development? Students came from different religions, caste, nations, etc and have different dietary habits, cultures, customs, and… Continue reading The classroom is important, not the uniform

Explained: Governor’s powers, friction with states, and why this happens often

News: There have been some incidents that show the friction between the delicate relationships of the constitutional head of state and elected government. For example, West Bengal CM blocked the governor on Twitter over his statements against the state governments. Read here: Breach of Constitutional Propriety by Governor What are the powers of the governor? The governor… Continue reading Explained: Governor’s powers, friction with states, and why this happens often