The world refugees must also be shielded from Covid

Synopsis: There is a need to include refugees and provide them basic health care facilities, including vaccines, to the countries welfare programmes. Introduction There are approximately 82.4mn forcibly displaced people in the world. With the recent conflicts in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and other countries, their count has been increased to 11.2 mn more during the… Continue reading The world refugees must also be shielded from Covid

Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

What is the News? Institute of Economics and Peace(IEP), an international think tank has released a report titled “Ecological Threat Report (ETR) 2021”. About Ecological Threat Report(ETR)  This is the second edition of the Ecological Threat Report (ETR), which analyses 178 independent states and territories.  The report assesses threats relating to food risk, water risk,… Continue reading Around 1.3 billion people at high risk of conflict and displacement: Report

Country’s first Pan-India helpline for senior citizens: Elder Line (Toll Free No- 14567)

What is the News? The government of India has launched the first pan-India toll-free helpline–14567–for senior citizens called the ‘Elder Line’. What is the Elder Line? Elder Line is the first pan-India toll-free helpline–14567–for senior citizens. It aims to provide free information and guidance on pension and legal issues, extend emotional support and intervene in… Continue reading Country’s first Pan-India helpline for senior citizens: Elder Line (Toll Free No- 14567)

Covid-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War II

What is the News? According to a study by Oxford University, the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the life expectancy of men and women in 27 countries in 2020. What are the key findings of the Study? Firstly, the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War II. Secondly, Life… Continue reading Covid-19 pandemic cut life expectancy by most since World War II

Complex count: On caste census

Synopsis:  A precise caste census is difficult, but the data will be useful to drive social policy. Introduction This article talks about the complexities that are inherent in the caste census. There are challenges in conducting a caste census, but given the merit of such a census, should we go ahead with the census? What… Continue reading Complex count: On caste census

Judiciary must reexamine how it has viewed citizenship questions in Assam

Synopsis: NRC was designed to filter out the foreigners in India. However, this seems to be impacting the very right of citizenship of Indians residing in Assam. Introduction Recently, Gauhati High Court, while hearing the case of Asor Uddin, gave its view on citizenship. Ason was declared to be a “foreigner” by a Foreigners Tribunal… Continue reading Judiciary must reexamine how it has viewed citizenship questions in Assam

What counts is seldom counted: About Census

Synopsis: The census in India has been postponed due to the pandemic. Such events are rare. This also opens up the opportunity to discuss utility and changes to the census. Introduction It is surprising that while India is debating the caste census, the regular census has not been conducted yet. In fact, it is the… Continue reading What counts is seldom counted: About Census

Population growth rates have shrunk more for minorities: Pew report

What is the News? Pew Research has released its key findings about the religious composition of India. What are the Key Findings? India’s overall population more than tripled between 1951 and 2011, though growth rates have slowed since the 1990s: The total number of Indians grew to 1.2 billion in the 2011 census from 361… Continue reading Population growth rates have shrunk more for minorities: Pew report

NRC is final, rules Assam Foreigners’ Tribunal

Synopsis: Recently Foreigner’s tribunal in NRC issues a notice stating that the NRC list is final. Introduction While the Registrar General of India has not yet issued a notification on Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) to make it a legal document, a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) has gone ahead and recorded it as the “final NRC”.… Continue reading NRC is final, rules Assam Foreigners’ Tribunal

Who is the hollow CAA really meant to protect?

Synopsis: The CAA was never meant to help asylum seekers and protect persecuted people. Introduction The government evacuated many of its citizens and Afghan nationals from the Hindu and Sikh minorities after the Taliban takeover. But these people would not be given Indian nationality under Citizenship Amendment Act because of the provisions mentioned in it. It provides… Continue reading Who is the hollow CAA really meant to protect?