Reading Time: 7 mins The Corona pandemic since it hit the world has been successful not only in exposing the sorry state of health systems around the world but also able to put some hard questions to policymakers about issues of polity, society, and economy. India’s case has been no different than the others. In India, the pandemic and its impact has been most starkly visible in the long march of migrants to their native states for the lack of livelihood opportunities in the migrated cities and states. As this is the response of migrants, the host states are grappling with economic issues of slowdown and unemployment. And once again, many states have sought to answer those questions with old strategies, one of which is nativism
Reading Time: 10 mins India is among the largest contributors of expatriates across the globe. Majority of these Indian expats are located in Gulf countries, which have the largest portion of foreign workers within their territories. With the protectionist sentiments running high, there has been a mass exodus of expats from various parts of the world into the country, especially from the Gulf region, reducing the remittance inflow and increasing stress on the already suffering Indian economy. Yet, these can be seen as a blessing in disguise as it provides the opportunity for India to make use of this highly skilled workforce to achieve economic development and self-reliance.
Reading Time: 8 mins Prime Minister Narendra Modi In his seventh Independence Day speech at Red Fort, stressed upon several aspects about the development of women in India including his government’s resolve to revise the minimum age at which women can legally get married in India. He has announced that the central government has set up a committee to reconsider the minimum age of marriage for women, which are currently 18. Though there is ambiguity in available data, the recent trends show that in nearly one-third of marriages in India women are aged less than 21.
Reading Time: 7 mins The Supreme Court, recently, reversed the Kerala High Court judgment of 2011 in the Padmanabha Swamy temple case and upheld the right of the Travancore Royal Family to manage the property of deity at Shree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. This is another historic apex court judgment with respect to the debate of legal-constitutional-state interference in the religious sphere after the Sabarimala Case.
Reading Time: 11 mins The year 2020 will have a unique distinction in terms of the United Nations as it has challenged the relevance of the UN system as it was never before. As the UN is in the process of celebrating its 75th birth anniversary, it also fights hard to be effective during the pandemic. The ever-present wedge was again at the display when the member countries struggled to achieve consensus on commemorative declaration making the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN charter.
Reading Time: 7 mins In India, 5.41 per cent of the total population and 17.37% of the urban population live in slums. Containing disease outbreaks in overcrowded slums, which are inhabited by economically vulnerable population, is highly difficult. Yet, Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia, has succeeded in curbing the COVID-19 spread through a series of innovative measures despite the challenges, making it one of the success stories of COVID-19 containment.
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.
Reading Time: 9 mins The 1st phase of Census 2021, along with National Population Register (NPR) updation, has been postponed indefinitely after the Prime Minister announced a 21-day lockdown due to COVID-19. These two exercises were to be conducted at the same time. This intention of conducting Census and NPR together by the government violates Census Act, 1948. The Census of India provides basic household and population listing based on anonymous data that is essential for the country’s statistical assessment on the population’s conditions and government policies. It is currently being mired by the new controversy on privacy violations by NPR. This jeopardises the credibility of census exercise, threatening the basic functioning of the governance and economy.