Plea in Delhi HC opposes legalisation of same-sex marriages under Hindu Marriage Act

What is the news? A plea, by an NGO, before the Delhi High Court, has sought that same-sex marriages should not be permitted under the Hindu Marriage Act. Background: The plea comes at a time when at least eight petitions seeking legalisation of same-sex marriages in India under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), the Special… Continue reading Plea in Delhi HC opposes legalisation of same-sex marriages under Hindu Marriage Act

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

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

Human trafficking in India and anti-trafficking bill – Explained, pointwise

Introduction Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and various civil society groups have campaigned for decades for a strong law to end the menace of human trafficking. In 2017, thousands of trafficking survivors marched a Bharat Yatra alongside students, governments, the judiciary, multifaith leaders, businesses and civil society to demand such a law. COVID-19 has further intensified the need… Continue reading Human trafficking in India and anti-trafficking bill – Explained, pointwise

The vision of the National Education Policy must be served by its implementation

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: National Education Policy (NEP) has to learn from public policy challenges for transforming education in India. Synopsis: To successfully implement the National Education Policy (NEP), India needs to learn from public policy challenges About the National Education Policy: On July 29 last year, the Government of India (GoI) announced the National Education… Continue reading The vision of the National Education Policy must be served by its implementation

A pandemic-optimized plan for kids to resume their education

Source: Livemint Relevance: To improve education, reopening the schools is the way forward. Synopsis:  India’s hard-won educational gains could be lost if India still did not reopen schools. Introduction Schools must reopen and our children must return to education. Some systematic state efforts and voluntary initiatives by teachers for in-person engagement, including mohalla classes, have been… Continue reading A pandemic-optimized plan for kids to resume their education

Needed: an anti-trafficking law

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Eliminating Human trafficking altogether is a moral and constitutional responsibility Synopsis: Human trafficking is a crime in itself, but it is also the propeller of several other crimes Introduction: Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and various civil society groups have campaigned for decades for a strong law to end this menace of human… Continue reading Needed: an anti-trafficking law

The direction that the NCF needs to take

Source: The Hindu Relevance: National Curriculum Framework has to include democratic principles. Synopsis: Shaping a National Curriculum Framework using only the National Education Policy will be shortsighted. About the National Curriculum Framework: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has tasked the State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) to develop four State… Continue reading The direction that the NCF needs to take

Bringing skills and education closer

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Skill development and education need to be integrated to provide better results. Synopsis: Skill development is a multi-dimensional problem. But the linking skilling and education is one of the crucial ones. The situation of skill development in India: Over 70 percent of India’s workforce is concentrated in firms with less than 20… Continue reading Bringing skills and education closer

A cardinal omission in the COVID-19 package

Source: The Hindu Relevance: India needs to focus on Healthcare human resources for improving healthcare. Synopsis:  The Government’s COVID-19 health package II again overlooks the need for and availability of healthcare human resources. Why healthcare human resources are essential? In the mid-1980s, there were a number of government healthcare facilities across the country, with newly constructed… Continue reading A cardinal omission in the COVID-19 package

Why the Supreme Court order on registration of migrant workers is welcome

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: The problems of Migrant workers and lack of social protection needs urgent reforms Synopsis:  Recently, the Supreme Court mandated a portal for the registration of all informal/migrant workers. This is one of the radical judgments aimed to reduce human suffering in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Important observations by the court:… Continue reading Why the Supreme Court order on registration of migrant workers is welcome

The crisis ahead, from learning loss to resumption

Source: The Hindu Relevance – School education needs drastic reforms to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on education. Synopsis: If school education revert to business as usual, India has to be prepared to confront a disaster in educational outcomes Introduction Schools have been closed for 16 months now, with no clarity on or a timeline for their… Continue reading The crisis ahead, from learning loss to resumption

Health above faith

Source: The Hindu What is the news? Recently, the Supreme Court canceled the annual Kanwar Yatra and held that the health of the public and their right to life are paramount. What is Kanwar Yatra? It is a pilgrimage organised in the Hindu calendar month of Shravana (Saavan). In which Kanwarias, devotees of Shiva, make a… Continue reading Health above faith

Why India is missing its vaccine targets

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: India’s problem of vaccine shortage needs large scale capacity building and government commitments. Synopsis: The production capacity of vaccines has not risen as claimed by the Centre. Several other issues are leading to vaccine shortage in India. About Vaccine Shortage: India’s problem of vaccine shortage is not yet resolved. Currently, India… Continue reading Why India is missing its vaccine targets

Sensitive and precise

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To eliminate trafficking, India needs legislative action and welfare schemes for vulnerable sections should go hand in hand. Synopsis: The draft Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill needs to be comprehensive and include causative factors. Introduction The draft Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2021 is well-intentioned, to… Continue reading Sensitive and precise

State of Prisons in India – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The death of Father Stan Swamy has again highlighted the dismal state of prisons in our country. The prisoners are not only deprived of their liberty but are also denied basic health and hygiene facilities. They are also subjected to an additional layer of torture by the jail authorities, which is nothing but a… Continue reading State of Prisons in India – Explained, pointwise

E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

Source: Times of India Introduction: The gap in learning outcomes has been acknowledged across the world. World Bank data indicate nearly 220 million students have faced the brunt of the pandemic’s impact on education. Education technology solution provider TeamLease Edtech surveyed over 700 students and officials from 75 Indian universities to assess the learning gap… Continue reading E-classes leading to learning gaps in higher education: Survey

India needs a renewed health-care system

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Public health must be reformed to meet the post-pandemic medical needs. Synopsis:  India needs to focus on the core lessons from the pandemic and rebuild trust in public health. The pandemic and the vulnerability of the public health system: For any population, the availability of functional public health systems is literally a… Continue reading India needs a renewed health-care system

Migrant workers and their Social protection in India – Explained, pointwise

Introduction The migrant crisis during the pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities faced by migrants. Recently, the Supreme Court issued an important judgment towards the welfare of migrants. The judgment mandated a portal for the registration of all informal/migrant workers. But to provide welfare to migrants, there is a need for a clear policy framework and greater… Continue reading Migrant workers and their Social protection in India – Explained, pointwise

What the post-Covid doctor must know

Source: The Indian Express Relevance: To cater to the demands of future medical needs, India has to reform medical education. Synopsis: The lessons learnt during the Covid-19 should catalyse changes in medical education, enhance the profession’s orientation towards scientific sensibility and compassion. About the Western model of medical education: Major reforms in Western medical education began after… Continue reading What the post-Covid doctor must know

Need to bridge the gender technology gap

Synopsis: Access to technology is so crucial to ensure public health and safety. In recent years, health care has largely moved online, and it has resulted in the gender gap in accessing it. Gender gap in access to technology According to Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) estimates, Around 390 million women in low- and… Continue reading Need to bridge the gender technology gap

Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution

Synopsis: The Government of India has categorised the Delta Plus variant as a ‘variant of concern’.   What is Delta+ variant?  The Delta variant formerly known as B.1.617.2 is believed to be the most transmissible variant of Covid -19 yet. It has been initially detected in India.   The Delta plus variant (B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1) has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta variant.  A mutation means… Continue reading Govt labels Delta-plus ‘variant of concern’, urges caution

What the law says on compensation for Covid deaths

What is the News?  The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a petition by two advocates seeking compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the families of those who have died of Covid-19 or related complications.  Provisions for Compensation for Death:  The Centre has declared Covid-19 as a notified disaster under the Disaster Management Act.  Section 12(iii) of… Continue reading What the law says on compensation for Covid deaths

Measles vaccine effective against COVID

News: Measles-containing vaccines (MCVs) might offer children some protection against Covid-19 infection, shows early evidence from a study by researchers from BJ Medical College in Pune.  The study analyzed 548 participants (aged 1 to 17) who were split into two groups – those who have tested positive for Covid (via RT-PCR) and those who haven’t.  Findings of the study … Continue reading Measles vaccine effective against COVID

Counting the dead

Context: Undercounting of COVID-related deaths in India  What is the issue?  Due to gaps in the civil registration data, the actual death toll due to COVID is still a mystery. There’s no way to know it because the aggregated all-India civil registration data is only available until 2018.  What is the impact of lack of data? Or… Continue reading Counting the dead