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Raphael Lemkin`s discourse on genocide followed by a UN debate on issues like Nazi offences against Jews, the sordid tale of Bosnian Serb aggression against Bosnian Moslems, and details of the Jewish Holocaust had exposed me to such crimes against humanity in my student days. Incidentally, when I joined the Indian Police Service and was allotted the Bihar cadre, I was faced with commonplace cri

To improve India’s happiness ranking, learn from the states

The World Happiness Report 2022 ranks India at 136th position, or tenth from the bottom of the list. Among 146 countries, Finland tops the list, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, according to the report released recently. India’s performance created a stir as it was widely criticized by the opposition parties. They attributed the low ranking to grow

What the PEW report tells us about gender attitudes in India

The PEW Research Center released a report on the Indian attitudes towards gender roles, at home and at society at large. The findings are based on a survey of around 30,000 people conducted in 2019-2020 or pre-COVID-19 period. [Read the report here: https://www.pewforum.org/2022/

One word that influenced Verdict 2022 most: ‘Labharthi’

After the results of the five state assembly elections were announced on March 10th, there has been so much analysis from several perspectives. But if it is to be summed up in just one word, it is ‘Labharthi’, either actual or latent, who have called the shots. ‘Labharthi’ is a Hindi word, which means ‘beneficiaries’ of welfare schemes of the government.

How Russia-Ukraine crisis will hurt your pockets

The tensions between Ukraine and Russia are seeing new heights. All the media outlets, leaders of powerful countries, social media users and citizens all over the world are witnessing, and talking about, the historic and horrific progression of Russia’s invasion on Ukraine and the subsequent military events and evacuation stories that have taken place in the most recent days. Even though

Climate change and women: What India needs to do

India is likely to be the most impacted country by the effects of climate change and the most impacted large country.The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change (2021) outlines speed of environmental damage and global warming is far starker than visualized earlier, thus calling for immediate and transformative actions that have wide ramifications for the female population in Indi

Dating the electorate, Valentine’s Day for political parties on March 10

A few days to go, when results of elections to five state assemblies will be announced on March 10th. At stake are 689 assembly seats, in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. BJP has the most at stake, in retaining 405 seats it won in last 2017 elections, while Congress won 140 seats last time. AAP which won 20 seats in Punjab faces a moment of reckoning: can it taste power beyo

Russia-Ukraine crisis: How the next 24 hours are crucial

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, which has resurfaced the dirty WW (world war) word to the horror of a world just trying to come out of a crippling pandemic Covid-19, has reached a stage where next 24 hours are critical in many aspects and will shape the contours of international relations.   First, the encouraging news. Ukraine and Russia have agreed to talks at a venue n

Perils of public policy: How much good is good

Gladstone, the well known British Prime Minister observed in the 19th century, “Here is my first principle of foreign policy; good government at home.” How interesting and how cherish-able, but alas, how impractical for our brand of political classes! Presently we are gripped with election mania in the country and the flavour of the season is freebies. So ask for anything, it will b

Curious case of a mysterious Siddha Purusha of Himalayas

On February 11, 2022, a 190-page SEBI final order was issued in relation to governance issues at India’s largest stock exchange, National Stock Exchange (NSE), particularly during the tenure of and relating to the conduct of the former MD & CEO Chitra Ramkrishna, who held the topmost office in the NSE from April 2013 to December 2016. The findings of SEBI relate to the functioning of

Does Budget 2022 nudge India towards a green transition?

At the COP26 Climate Change Summit, held in November 2021, India pledged to become a net-zero carbon emission country by 2070. Hence, the expectations from the union budget to nudge India towards a green, sustainable economy were already running high. The budget did mention a host of important announcements in several sectors of the economy to make that energy transition and incorporated the im

Medical Metaverse

Many years ago when I was young, I used to watch my sister play a game called ‘The Sims’. It was at its time one of the best life-simulated video games ever sold and it engrossed her completely. She loved conceptualising the people, the home they lived in the city they belonged to, the clothes they wore so on and so forth. She was the architect of the online world she wanted to crea

Budget 2022 and mental health: Good start, but a long way to go

The Union Budget 2022-23 was introduced on February 1, near the end of the third wave of COVID-19 –and two years since the beginning of the pandemic and the mania brought with it. The pandemic accentuated difficulties in all sectors of the economy, and thus the budget was geared towards addressing those challenges. Amidst all the announcements, there was also a surprising mention of menta

How e-Shram is a tool for financial inclusion of the unprivileged

August 2021 marked the beginning of the execution of various social securities for unorganised or underprivileged sectors of society with the launch of the e-Shram portal. It was created by the ministry of labour and employment (MoLE) for the welfare of the workers in the unorganised sector who are not members of the Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) or Employees’ State Insura

How the pendency in Indian courts can be lowered

Speedy trial is an integral and essential part of the fundamental right to life and liberty enshrined in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. However, delay in disposal of cases due to the upsurge in the pendency of cases results in denial of this right. A study by PRS Legislative Research says that as of September 15, 2021, over 4.5 crore cases were pending across all courts i

Budget allocation and implications

The union budget for 2022-23, presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in parliament Tuesday, has been described as growth-oriented. In Prime minister Narendra Modi’s words, “This year’s budget will facilitate more infrastructure, more growth, and more jobs.” The budget focuses primarily on four pillars: productivity, financing investments, climat

What does Budget 2022 mean for the common man?

Amidst the third Covid-19 wave raging the country, India`s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered her shortest ever budget speech and presented the budget of 2022-23 on February 1. With a view to provide impetus to the country’s GDP growth, this budget is deemed to be pro-growth with focus on substantial government expenditure on capital expenditure and investments. With not much t

Harnessing the Power of Circular Economy through Budget 2022-23

The Union Budget 2022-23 will be presented on February 1, amidst the third COVID-19 wave. After the two waves of the pandemic, the GDP for FY 21 contracted by 7.3% but following a V-shaped recovery, the FY 22 growth is expected to be 9.22%. Maintaining the trajectory of this growth, while combatting the third and any further COVID-19 waves, makes this budget extremely important. Hence, in this

How should budget 2022 handle the water and sanitation sector?

Why sanitation in budget 2022-23 is important? The upcoming budget 2022-23 will be of significant value as India is in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic. The budget presents an opportunity to aid the specific sectors of the economy to recover as well as combat the severity of the potential upcoming waves of COVID-19. In doing so, we propose that ‘Water,

Imperative omissions in the Constitution

The making of the Indian Constitution and its subsequent adoption on January 26, 1950 required the founding members to go through several pieces of the legal document that the country already had during the British rule, let alone the Constitution of other countries. Until 1857, these laws, although applied during the Company rule, were promulgated by the British parliament at the behest of the

Visionary Talk: Sanjay Pandey, Mumbai Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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