Insights into Editorial: Control, not delete: On China apps ban

  Context: The Indian government announced it would block 59 widely used apps (such as Tik Tok, ShareIt, Cam scanner etc.), most linked to Chinese companies. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), invoked Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 to cite the concerns regarding both data security and national sovereignty associated with these apps. …

Insights into Editorial: Lax on safety: On Neyveli and Visakhapatnam disasters

Context: At least six people were killed and 17 injured in a boiler blast at Neyveli Thermal Power Station in Tamil Nadu. The blast occurred in the fifth unit of the second station as workers were resuming work. Two deadly industrial disasters, in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, leading to the loss of at least …

Insights into Editorial: Reviving SAARC to deal with China

Context: As India-China border tensions continue to fester, a hegemonic China, as part of its global expansionism, is chipping away at India’s interests in South Asia. This should be a major cause for concern for New Delhi. China’s proximity to Pakistan is well known. Nepal is moving closer to China for ideational and material reasons. …

Insights into Editorial: The World Bank’s STARS project needs an overhaul

  Context: Atmanirbhar Bharat calls for an India that is able to produce and deliver local goods and services to its citizens. This applies equally to education for all children. Delivering a service, like education, requires a capable state, especially given the scale and complexity of its large and diverse population. Building state capability involves …

Insights into Editorial: Infrastructure bonds floated by a development finance institution could aid a quicker recovery

  Context: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global economic activity to a virtual halt. While the world was long expecting a recession, the pandemic has pulled the trigger. The IMF estimates the global economy to contract by -4.9 per cent this year and the cloud to deepen should the virus not recede in the latter …

Insights into Editorial: Drug abuse amidst pandemic

    Context: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26 every year to make people, especially the youths, aware about the harmful effects of drugs and highlight the dangers of drug abuse. The first International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed in 1989. This year, the world will devote …

Insights into Editorial: Can online learning replace the school classroom?

  Introduction: Online classes, no doubt, provide students to catch up on the classes lost due to the prolonged lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attending classes online without a break is said to be causing problems like dry eye syndrome, burning sensation of eyes, and ear problems. Educationists and doctors have their …

Insights into Editorial: Battle against Covid-19 needs to look beyond medical measures

  Context: The COVID-19 situation in India is dangerously poised. It is imperative that the health workers forcefully articulate this reality. Not doing so amounts to failing in our bounden duty. Our purpose is not to recount what has gone wrong, but to figure out what needs to be done. The immediate redressal of the …

Insights into Editorial: Downing the shutters: On H1-B visa halt

  Context: The White House has made a proclamation restricting the issuance of non-immigrant work visas across the board, purportedly to clamp down on American jobs going to foreign workers, a consistent policy priority of the Donald Trump administration. H1-B visas among those suspended till year end: The broad-brush order includes the H-1B visa for …

Insights into Editorial: At RIC grouping, Jaishankar sends out cryptic message to China

  Context: Speaking in the “virtual” presence of his Chinese counterpart at a “Special” Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meet at the foreign ministerial level through video-conference, External Affairs Minister, in a veiled dig at China, said “leading voices” of the world must “respect international law and recognise the legitimate interests of partners”. Historical injustice has stood …

Insights into Editorial: Revolving door: On Manipur politics

  Context: The politics in Manipur has come under fresh turmoil following the withdrawal of support to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government from MLAs belonging to the National People’s Party (NPP), two independents and defections by three BJP MLAs to the Opposition. The Biren Singh-led government has probably now been reduced to a minority. The …

Insights into Editorial: Textile industry seeks govt support to stay competitive

  Context: The textile industry has urged the government for reimbursement of all the duties and taxes incurred during production to help enhance overall competitiveness of the sector. Cotton textiles exports declined by 16.50 per cent during April 2019 to February 2020 to USD 9,405 million compared to USD 11,262 million in the same period …

Insights into Editorial: At the high table: On India’s U.N. Security Council win

  Context: India has been elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member from the Asia-Pacific category. India has been elected as one of the non-permanent members to the UNSC with an overwhelming majority of 184 votes out of 192, where the minimum requirement was 128. This was for the eighth …

Insights into Editorial: Building trust: On India-Pakistan ties

  Context: Two Indian nationals, employed as drivers in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, went missing for several hours on Monday, in a suspected case of abduction by local security agencies. However, later released by authorities in Pakistan after India lodged a strong protest. Upon the release, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in …

Insights into Editorial: Remaining nonaligned is good advice

  Context: For weeks, the India-China stand-off dominated newspaper headlines, warning about the possibility of a major conflict along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh and Sikkim sectors. The deaths of 20 soldiers in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, where Indian and Chinese forces are facing off, is the first such incident …

Insights into Editorial: Making public transport safe during COVID-19

Context: Public transport has returned to the national capital’s streets, but as long as coronavirus infections continue to rise, things will remain far from ‘normal’. Experts suggest there is an urgent need to bring in systemic changes to the public transport system to suit the reality of ‘living with the virus’. These systemic changes include …

Insights into Editorial: The Gandhis, Mandelas and Kings of today

Introduction: We cannot celebrate Mahatma Gandhi today nor Nelson Mandela nor Martin Luther King Jr. without inviting their immediate and stern reprimand. All three would say, each a bit differently from the other: ‘If you are gathered to celebrate us, stop right here. If you are gathered to think with us, then listen. Not to …

Insights into Editorial: Measuring the epidemic: Publicness, decentralisation of science and governance is needed

Context: It was four weeks ago that the states were finally given more freedom in managing the epidemic. They are, of course, better placed to deliver on public health and welfare. They are also generally more accountable. According to the recent ICMR serological sample study conducted in mid-May, barely 1 per cent of non-metropolitan India …

Insights into Editorial: Flattening the climate curve

  Context: Green House Gases levels: Two interrelated curves began their upward trend two centuries ago with the advent of the industrial age. The first curve was the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (or, more generally, all greenhouse gases, GHGs) and the second was the average global temperature curve.  Recent instances consequences of rise in …