Insights into Editorial: Rebuild India’s confidence, revive the economy

Context: These are extraordinarily difficult times for our nation and the world. People are gripped with the fear of disease and death from COVID-19. This fear is ubiquitous and transcends geography, religion and class. The inability of nations to control the spread of the novel coronavirus and the lack of a confirmed cure for the …

Insights into Editorial: How the pandemic strengthens patriarchy

  Context: Domestic maintenance work and care, much of which are done largely by women within the confines of the home, have become the pillars of post-COVID life and coping strategies. Though central to the survival, well-being and flourishing of human beings, such work has historically been viewed with disdain. This is especially so in …

Insights into Editorial: How to stall COVID’s march in rural India

Rural population in India: According to the Census of India, rural populations are comparatively older, placing them at a higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 infection. They also live much farther from hospitals than their urban or suburban counterparts and a majority of them list access to good medical care as a major community problem. …

Insights into Editorial: Lessons from a pandemic: Urgency for climate action

  Context: Climate change is a slow pandemic itself that in years to come will cost human lives so we can learn a lesson from this particular pandemic and devise a future which is sustainable in equal parts for humans and environment and wildlife. The repeated outbreak of pandemics like SARS, MERS, Ebola is a …

India’s first plasma bank:

Topics Covered: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology. India’s first plasma bank: Established at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Delhi. Aim: To ease access to plasma that is being used as a …

The pandemic imposes a steep learning curve

Topics Covered: Issues related to education. The pandemic imposes a steep learning curve Context: Across the world, education has been drastically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most instruction has moved online. Higher education has gone digital where possible. Efforts by Indian government: Online higher education using MOOCs, or massive open online classrooms, has been encouraged by …

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 …

Patanjali Coronavirus (Covid-19) Medicine:

Topics Covered: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability. Patanjali Coronavirus (Covid-19) Medicine: Context: Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd has launched what they claimed was the first Ayurvedic medicine to cure Covid-19.  About the medicine: Ramdev has claimed that ‘Coronil tablet’, ‘Swasari Vati’ and ‘Anu Taila’ had shown “100 per cent favourable results” during clinical trials …

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 …

What is Vaccine Nationalism?

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. What is Vaccine Nationalism? The Context: The United States has now twice indicated that it would like to secure priority access to doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Other countries, including India and Russia, have taken similar stances. This prioritisation of domestic markets has become known as vaccine nationalism. How it works? …

Rapid antigen test

Topics Covered: Issues related to health. Rapid antigen test The Context: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended the use of Standard Q COVID-19 Ag antigen detection test in containment zones and healthcare settings in combination with the RT-PCR test. The is to be used in specified settings, and kits from only one manufacturer have got …

New guidelines for import of exotic species

Topics Covered: Conservation related issues. New guidelines for import of exotic species Context: Union Government has issued advisory to streamline the process for import and possession of exotic live species in India. The move comes as the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised global concern about illegal wildlife trade and zoonotic diseases. What are exotic …

Insights into Editorial: Paging the private sector in the COVID fight

Context: The COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to disappear in the immediate future. Managing the epidemic and ensuring a full complement of health care will require extraordinary resources and investment. India’s public health sector has already spread itself thin in tackling the pandemic. Despite governments trying to scale-up testing capacity in the country, there is still …

Delhi’s decision to limit health services

Topics Covered: Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Delhi’s decision to limit health services What to study? For Prelims: SDMA- chairperson, powers and functions. For Mains: Orders by Delhi government, implications and why was it necessary to overrule them? Context: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has issued two orders that …

Insights into Editorial: A right time to shift pharma gears

Context: We are living in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic anxious about our families, our friends and ourselves, depressed by worldwide suffering and anxiety, upset by knowing that once more the poor and marginalised are worse affected. Medicines are among humanity’s greatest achievements. They have helped attain dramatic improvements in health and longevity as …

What are Social Bubbles?

Topics Covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. What are Social Bubbles? What to study? For Prelims: Meaning, what is a travel bubble? For Mains: Significance, relevance for India and challenges ahead. Why in News? Many countries have started gradually lifting restrictions even as the number …