Tag Archives: COVID19

PRI Experiment – What’s the outcome?.

Mahatma Gandhi advocated for ‘Gram Swaraj’ and argued for the handing over certain powers to the villagers to display the spirit of participatory democracy. The National Panchayati Raj Day is celebrated every year on April 24. The Panchayati Raj Institutions play a major role in the socio and economic development of people at the grassroot level. Panchayati Raj Institutions […]

Does India’s Afghan Policy Require Rethinking?.

Stability in Afghanistan is vital and the stakes for India are high, but the time is now over for sitting on the fence. India requires a larger strategic vision, not a blueprint for town and country planning for Afghanistan. Otherwise, it is not India but China which is likely to reap the fruit of its […]

Malnutrition & Covid-19

It is not easy to think of any social problems in the contemporary world that deserves greater attention than the foggy adversity of chronic and widespread undernutrition. – Amartya Sen. The recorded history of mankind demonstrates the close association between war, pestilence, famine and death. These are portrayed as the four Horsemen of the apocalypse in St John’s allegory. The four […]

Aarogya Setu app: From efficacy to privacy concerns

The app is people dependent, which means it needs widespread usage and regular self-reporting to be effective. Given the fact that there are bound to be variations in the levels of self-reporting, the efficacy of the app is apparently not foolproof. Recently, India’s first contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu was launched. The app seeks […]

Winning the Virus War?.

Three Hollywood blockbusters movies – Cassandra Crossing (1976), The Outbreak (1995), and Contagion (2011) – all medical disasters, deal with the outbreak of diseases due to some unknown virus.  Out of the three movies, Contagion is a blueprint of the current pandemic. Whatever is shown in the film has become a reality. The new virus […]

Making Ash Disappear

Blending fly ash in cement is the most environmentally sustainable and financially attractive method of its utilisation.  Fly Ash is a fine powder, which is the by-product of burning coal in thermal power plants. Its Composition:- Fly ash includes substantial amounts of oxides of silica, aluminum and calcium. Element like Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, lead etc. are also found in trace concentrations. Fly […]

Is Rajya Sabha a secondary house?.

Rajya Sabha’ or the ‘Council of States’ is the second chamber of the Indian parliament, which traces its origin to the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms, 1919. Rajya Sabha as the second chamber of the parliament intended to play certain roles as a permanent house (it never dissolves like Lok sabha and one-third of its members retire every two years), revisionary house (reconsidering […]

The moment of truth for global energy transition

The year 2020 was supposed to be a turning point in the global energy transition. The production and consumption of energy accounts for two-thirds of annual global anthropogenic emissions, making the energy transition central to delivering the promise of the Paris Agreement. The year 2020 was supposed to be a turning point in the global […]

Genuinely ‘Federalised Response’ to COVID-19

India is a federal republic, with a parliamentary democracy that operates under the framework of a written Constitution, and whose Courts formally exercise powers of judicial review over legislative and executive action. The response to Covid-19, therefore, involves multiple levels of government, and multiple institutional actors. India’s success in defeating Covid-19 actively rests upon Centre-State collaboration. However, […]