Insights into Editorial: A ‘One Health’ approach that targets people, animals

    Introduction: The father of modern pathology, Rudolf Virchow, emphasised in 1856 that there are essentially no dividing lines between animal and human medicine. This concept is ever more salient as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions that took place around World Veterinary Day, on April 24, 2021, focused on …

Insights into Editorial: India’s road to clean energy goes via natural gas

  Introduction: Policy wonks, climate negotiators, academicians, corporates and NGOs are currently fixated on the concept of “net zero carbon emissions” and the appropriate target year for achieving it. Supported by economic analysis and moral logic and drawing on the concept of “common but differentiated responsibility”, their arguments swirl around its meaning and whether the …

Insights into Editorial: More job-loss ahead, raise govt spending

    Introduction: Situation of unemployment in India: The biggest casualty of the pandemic and the painstakingly slow vaccination rollout will be joblessness. The country’s unemployment rate has risen through much of April, having hit 7.4%, and threatens to climb further to around 8% significantly higher than the 6.5% in March, according to CMIE. Approximately …

Insights into Editorial: Creating critical thinkers

  Introduction: Despite the pandemic unleashing in full force, the debate over the last month has entailed a mindless conversation over holding or postponing board examinations instead of exploring alternatives. Rather than viewing this unprecedented situation as a unique opportunity for re-imagining educational assessments and evaluations in a world that no longer looks the same, …

Insights into Editorial: Making social welfare universal

    Introduction: India is one of the largest welfare states in the world and yet, with COVID-19 striking in 2020, the state failed to provide for its most vulnerable citizens. The country witnessed multiple crises: mass inter- and intra-migration, food insecurity, and a crumbling health infrastructure. The extenuating circumstances of the pandemic has pushed …

Insights into Editorial: Pandemic impact: Necessary to stop reverse migration  

    Introduction: India has been recording lakhs of fresh Covid-19 cases every day over the last few days. Most major cities and growth centres—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Surat, etc continue to witness rising cases at an alarming rate. Although the governments, both at the Centre and states, are trying to address the emergency, the …

Insights into Editorial: A case for judicial federalism

  Introduction: ‘Federalism’ is one of those good echo words that evoke a positive response toward many concepts as democracy, progress, constitution, etc. The term has been seen to be applied to many successful combinations of unity with diversity, pluralism and cooperation within and among nations. Judicial behaviour is another important factor that affects the …

Insights into Editorial: Groundwater depletion may reduce winter cropping intensity by 20% in India

  Introduction: Water is indispensable for life, but its availability at a sustainable quality and quantity is threatened by many factors, of which climate plays a leading role. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate as “the average weather in terms of the mean and its variability over a certain time-span and a …

Insights into Editorial: Green and raw: On ‘tribunalisation’ of justice

    Introduction: The establishment of tribunals as adjudicatory bodies in specific fields is based on the idea that specialisation and expertise are required to decide complex cases of a technical nature. The ‘tribunalisation’ of justice is driven by the recognition that it would be cost-effective, accessible and give scope for utilising expertise in the …

Insights into Editorial: India’s new Covid-19 vaccine policy

    Context: India will dramatically expand its vaccination coverage from May 1, including everyone aged 18 and older. The fourth phase of the mass inoculation programme incorporates several changes in vaccine policy.   What are the changes in procurement? In the first three phases, when healthcare workers, frontline workers, and those above the age …

Insights into Editorial: The ordinance route is bad, repromulgation worse

  Context: The central government has repromulgated the ordinance that establishes a commission for air quality management in the National Capital Region, or the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020. This raises questions about the practice of issuing ordinances to make law, and that of re-issuing ordinances …

Insights into Editorial: The long battle against the Maoists

  Context: Recently, an encounter between security forces and the Maoists in Sukma, a Maoist stronghold in Chhattisgarh, 22 jawans were killed. One CoBRA jawan, who was held hostage by the Maoists, has since been released. This followed a message from the Maoists to a Bijapur-based journalist that mercy would be shown to Mr. Minhas …

Insights into Editorial: The Election Commission of India cannot be a super government

  Introduction: Elections bring the Election Commission of India (ECI) into sharp focus as this constitutional body superintends, directs and controls the conduct of elections. It is the constitutional duty of the ECI to ensure that the elections held are free and fair.   Role of Election Commission of India: Election commission plays a vital …

Insights into Editorial: India to receive normal monsoon, forecasts IMD

  Context: In recent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that India will likely have a normal monsoon, with a chance of ‘above normal’ rain in August and September, The IMD issues a two-stage forecast: the first in April, followed by a more detailed one in the last week of May, which will also illustrate …

Insights into Editorial: ARIES facility will host the support centre for Aditya-L1

  Introduction: The Indian programme to study the Sun and the region between the Sun and the Earth from space – Aditya-L1 is due to be launched next year. It will carry seven payloads which have been developed by various institutions across the country. Once the mission is launched, there will be a need for …

Insights into Editorial: BR Ambedkar: institution builder, champion of depressed classes

      Context: The nation is celebrating the 130th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. His role as a social reformer, chairman of the draft committee of the Indian Constitution, and first law minister of the country is well-known. But he wore many hats — a distinguished economist, active politician, eminent lawyer, labour leader, …

Insights into Editorial: Salvaging strategy: On scaling up COVID-19 vaccinations

    Context: The precarious second wave of COVID-19 infections has hit India with greater ferocity than the first. Despite a year to prepare, we have been caught woefully off guard again. Multiple reports of the scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs have surfaced from different parts of the country. According to the Observer Research …