GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Context October 2nd 2019 was Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, it was also the anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared India “open defecation-free”. Definition Open defecation free is broadly defined by the absence of visible faeces in the environment. What is the government’s strategy? To achieve its goals under… Continue reading Miles to go before becoming open defecation-free

Social Issue, Uncategorized

Live-in Relationships

Meaning It involves continuous cohabitation between the partners without any responsibilities or obligations towards one another. The Supreme Court in Indra Sarma vs. V.K.V. Sarma defined live-in relationships as- A domestic cohabitation between an adult unmarried male and an adult unmarried female. Supreme Court on Live in relationships The Supreme Court has, in several rulings, held that… Continue reading Live-in Relationships

GS-2, Social Issue

Malnutrition and Disease Burden

A study led by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has givencomprehensive estimates of disease burden due to child and maternal malnutrition and the trends of its indicators in every state of India from 1990 to 2017. The estimates were produced as part of the Global Burden of Diseases Study (GBD) 2017. The Global Burden of… Continue reading Malnutrition and Disease Burden

GS-1, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Beyond Gender Binaries

Context: A judgment made by the Madras High Court and an order issued by the government of Tamil Nadu aims to protect the freedom of intersex infants and children to choose their gender identity. The Court Verdict: A trans-woman and her husband had approached the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court with a plea to instruct authorities to register their marriage. In April,… Continue reading Beyond Gender Binaries

GS-2, Social Issue

Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

The Indian State must aim to ensure that all sections of society share in the economic and social prosperity of the country. It is widely acknowledged that a large section of the Indian population, especially the tribal communities, have not received the full benefits of development processes undertaken over the past six decades and adversely… Continue reading Xaxa Committee on Tribal Communities of India Report

Editorials, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

A tricky debate on abortion

The Hindu The Supreme Court of India recently took a landmark decision to allow a 24-year-old rape survivor to terminate a 24-week pregnancy, as the foetus has abnormalities, and going ahead would severely affect the woman’s health. This is a landmark judgment. It is because after 20 weeks of pregnancy a woman in India is… Continue reading A tricky debate on abortion

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive

The health ministry is planning to revamp its flagship immunisation programme ‘Mission Indradhanush‘ to include four new vaccines. The mission, currently providing coverage against seven life-threatening diseases, will soon also include vaccines for rotavirus, measles rubella, inactivated polio vaccine bivalent and Japanese Encephalitis for adults. Mission Indradhanush: Mission Indradhanush was launched by the Health &… Continue reading With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive

GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Have we lost the dowry battle?

Livemint National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows a rising graph in the number of dowry cases registered: 9,038 for 2012 10,709 for 2013 10,050 for 2014 Men’s rights activists will tell you this is proof of the law’s misuse. And even the Supreme Court has pointed out in 2014 that section 498A has “dubious… Continue reading Have we lost the dowry battle?

Editorials, GS-2, Social Issue, Uncategorized

Thrift in education?

Livemint How much should India spend on education? The Education Policy of 1968, based on the recommendations of the Kothari commission (1964-66), decided that Indian public expenditure on education must be 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). This goal was reaffirmed in the New Education Policy of 1986 and its revision in 1992, with a… Continue reading Thrift in education?