Category Archives: Editorials & Articles

India’s first driverless metro

India’s urban mass rapid transit marked a milestone on 28 December 2020 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the country’s first ‘driverless’ metro in Delhi. The first ‘driverless’ train roll out on the 38-km-long Line 8 or Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro, which has a 390-km-long network spread across the national capital and […]

Why NFHS-5 Data Merits Serious Concern and Urgent Action?.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) recently released the results from the first phase of the National Family Health Survey (NHFS). This is the fifth such survey and the first phase — for which data was collected in the second half of 2019 — covered 17 states and five Union Territories. The most […]

How a political crisis in Nepal impacts India?.

On 20 December 2020, Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli recommended dissolution of the House of Representatives, the lower of Parliament, a move promptly approved by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. This effectively ended the unity forces among the left forces that had led to the creation of the single, grand Nepal Communist Party three years […]

What US FDA nod for genetically modified pigs means?.

Second week of December 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first-of-its-kind intentional genomic alteration (IGA) in a line of domestic pigs referred to as GalSafe pigs. These pigs may be used for food and human therapeutics, the FDA has said. This will be the first time that the regulator has approved […]

Neurodiversity: The Next Frontier in Social Justice

Tahira, a single mother of a child with autism, shared with me that the society’s obsession with normality had convinced her that her four-year-old child was “damaged” and she, as a mother, was a “failure”. Her words made me reflect on our compulsive need to compare, categorise and label children. The further the child is […]

What start of gas production in KGD6 means for India

Reliance Industries Ltd and BP (British Petroleum) have announced the start of gas production from the R cluster, the deepest off-shore gas field in Asia. The field is the first of three deepwater gas projects in the KGD6 block jointly developed by RIL and BP to come on stream. RIL has a participating interest of […]

Should you invest in Bitcoin?

Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, has breached an important psychological barrier against the US dollar — the $20,000 mark — after having fallen just short during its 2017 rally. As of 17 December 2020, Bitcoin was trading above $23,000. The rally to these levels, which has sustained over the last four months, has also seen various stakeholders […]

Public Health Surveillance in India – Vision 2035

Recently, the NITI Aayog has released a white paper called ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’. The paper is a joint effort of Health Vertical, NITI Aayog, and Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, Canada with contributions from technical experts from the Government of India, States, and International agencies. The Vision 2035 […]

What is the San Isidro Movement, posing a stiff challenge to Cuba’s authoritarian regime?

In Cuba, a country under an authoritarian communist regime for more than six decades, a campaign by artists and activists demanding greater freedom of expression is fast grabbing the limelight. The Movimiento San Isidro, or the San Isidro Movement (MSI), started two years ago to protest state censorship of artistic works, and has now become […]

World’s largest renewable energy park to come up in Kutch

On 15 December 2020, Prime Minister traveled to Kutch to lay the foundation stone for a 30,000 MW (megawatt) hybrid renewable energy park close to the Indo-Pak border in Kutch district. The project is billed as the largest of its kind in the world. With the Government of India committing itself to installing 175 GW […]