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Is India headed for its worst growth recession in a decade? -Niranjan Rajadhyaksha It is risky at this juncture to bet merely on a natural recovery. Even so, using monetary policy is the best option Right now Much of the debate in recent months has been focused on the sharp loss of economic momentum in India. The big question is whether the ongoing slowdown is structural or cyclical. The usual thumb rule is that the policy response to a structural slowdown is through economic reforms that ease supply constra

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Linking Aadhaar to social media: SC to hear Facebook plea

-The Indian Express The question is if linking social media to Aadhaar is breach of privacy. Upholding Aadhaar earlier, the SC had disallowed its use by private firms, stating it was contrary to Right to privacy New Delhi: Underscoring the need to strike a balance between privacy and security, the Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear a plea by Facebook to transfer to the apex court four petitions filed in the High Courts of Madras, Bombay and

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PM Modi is Worried About Population Explosion, a Problem Set to Go Away in 2021 -Saurabh Rai and M Sivakami

gree that India’s population growth has shown a declining trend for quite some time now, why do we need to worry about population explosion? Population control and women’s reproductive Rights Gender norms in our patriarchal society dictate economic responsibilities to men and reproductive responsibilities to women. While these norms have been questioned and there have been examples of change, it hasn’t yet percolated through to

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What can help in controlling population in India--society or law? -Neetu Chandra Sharma

foeticide. “The rapid and unchecked growth is at the root of several socio-economic problems that we see today. The Prime Minister's call for controlling population growth gives us just the Right window to work on it. The government must take a holistic, multidimensional approach to spread awareness by involving medical options such as the importance of family planning to sterilization means to social measures such as improving the number of

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Focus turns to domicile laws, land, jobs in proposed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh -Peerzada Ashiq

-The Hindu Pandits, Dogras and Buddhists demand maintenance of current population status, Rights over land With the revoking of the special status of Kashmir, Pandits, Dogras and Buddhists have made separate demands for domicile laws in the proposed Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The reasons they cite include the need to maintain the current population status, ensuring jobs for local people and the More »

From Plate to Plough: Unlock the land markets -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

-The Indian Express High powered commitee for transformation of agriculture should reform restrictive tenancy laws, protect Rights of landowners. Early in its second term, on July 1, the Narendra Modi government constituted a High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was appointed the committee’s convenor. The Committee is supposed to submit its repor

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'The Idea of India' is failing -C Rammanohar Reddy

omise than in fulfilment. At Independence, the dream was that the people of a country of so much diversity — in language, religion, and tradition — would enjoy constitutionally guaranteed Rights and through democratic means, build a just society. A cornerstone of this dream was respect for diversity that was written into the Constitution. It has been a mixed record, with as many failures as achievements. The events of the past two weeks, h

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The very idea of the NRC is wrong -Prabhat Patnaik

avite saint; nor is he a leftist internationalist. According to Donald Trump people see him as the “British Trump” and, judging by the cabinet he has picked as prime minister, with a hard-Right home secretary, and the company he kept during the Brexit referendum which included Nigel Farage, the far Right leader of UKIP, he can be safely placed within the Rig

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Kashmiri press went offline but still reported on Article 370 -- despite all the odds -Ipsita Chakravarty

scrapping the state’s special status, carving it up into two Union Territories and revoking Article 35A, which gave Jammu and Kashmir the power to define permanent residents and grant specific Rights, including the Right to own land. As the government cut off all communications, including phone lines and broadband internet, the Valley seemed to disappear in a blip. Newspapers in the Valley were un

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India's water problem has a simple solution -Mihir Shah

increase the supply of water. Luckily, there are simple solutions on the demand side, which have not even been looked at. The formation of the Jal Shakti ministry is, indeed, a promising step in the Right direction. Hopefully, the prime minister will provide greater substance to this initiative in his Independence Day speech. The single largest fact about India’s water is that 90 per cent of it is consumed in farming. And that 80 per cent of

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