Nepotism: Origin, Types, Ethical issues, Impacts, way forward

Reading Time: 11 mins The unfortunate suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput, a promising and talented actor from Bollywood, brought the issue of nepotism in the public debate. It is alleged that Sushant committed suicide due to rampant nepotism in Bollywood and the inability to handle the unspoken boycott by the big and mighty from the Bollywood industry. Especially the social media raised its voice against the nepotism in Bollywood and sad end to a very promising career. Nepotism is a concept that engulfs almost all sectors of society. We shall understand its socio-economic origins, its all-pervasive nature, and multiple impacts in this article.

Police Brutality and the need for Police Reforms

Reading Time: 8 mins The Police system in India and its sorry state once again came to the fore recently when a father-Son duo, namely P Jeyaraj (58) and Fenix (31) respectively, died in Police custody in Tamil Nadu. The relatives and protestors fear this to be a case of police brutality. The reason for their arrest was that they kept their shop open beyond permitted time (restrictions placed in the light of COVID-19). This comes amid the cases of police brutality across the country and the recent uproar over the George Floyd case.

Border Road Organization: Role, Significance ,Issues

Reading Time: 7 mins The Border Road Organization has been in news in recent times for its successful completion of projects in border area infrastructure. The Darbbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road built by BRO is at the center of the current stand-off with China. It was built by BRO. BRO is an important part of India’s security and preparedness. So, it becomes important to study the organization.

Racism- Forms, Features, Impacts, Way forward

Reading Time: 8 mins The death of an innocent African American named George Floyd triggered a massive civil rights movement in the USA and solidarity protests were also held in other parts of the world. The social phenomenon of racism has been in existence for long now and all attempts of eliminating the evil practice once again seem to be gone in vain as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ intensifies in the USA.

Shekatkar Committee: Recommendations, Significance

Reading Time: 7 mins The Shekatkar committee has been in news even during the Covid-19 pandemic as the exigencies along the border continue to haunt. The current government’s focus on national security and defense preparedness made it relook at the committee report in the wake of Ladakh border issues with China. It swung into action recently approving major recommendations of the committee.

Pharmaceutical Sector in India – Opportunities and Challenges

Reading Time: 10 mins India’s pharmaceutical sector is expected to be one of the very few industries that will record growth in this fiscal year amid strains from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great Lockdown. Investors are looking at pharma companies as safer bets and the sudden surge in global demand for cheap and reliable drugs has presented a rare opportunity for the Indian pharmaceutical sector to transition from ‘Pharmacy of the World’ to ‘a Global Research Hub’. However, there are also issues in the way of India reaching this goal.

Biosecurity in India – Need, Challenges, Solutions

Reading Time: 8 mins The COVID-19 crisis has become the centre of the USA-China tussle with each blaming the other for the global pandemic. Controversially, the virus is being claimed (by the US) to have originated from a lab in China’s Wuhan while China claims its originated in the USA- though both claims lack any evidence to support them. However, the entire issue has thrown open the question about international readiness to tackle biosecurity risks. In this light, India needs to take a look into its biosecurity preparedness and plug all the big gaps to prevent being blindsided by a dangerous biological agent- either man-made or natural- a second time.

Atal Pension Yojana: Features, Significance, Achievements in five years

Reading Time: 5 mins In a country where around 90% workforce is engaged in an unorganized sector, the framing of social security schemes is a very challenging task. The humungous population with dynamic demographic patterns, diverse socio-economic conditions from state to state, and huge informal sector make the task of designing a foolproof scheme faces many structural and functional challenges. On this backdrop the Atal Pension Yojana, the flagship social security scheme, must be analyzed for its efficacy. Recently, it completed five years of its operation.

Migration during the pandemic – Reasons, Impacts, Solutions

Reading Time: 9 mins The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected everyone but to some, it has led to complete disturbance in their lives. One such section is the migrant workforce of the nation. The people walking to their home states in desperation has been one of the dark images of the pandemic hit the nation. The world bank estimates that the lockdown has impacted over 40 million internal migrants in India.