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'Anti-national' thoughts -Pranab Bardhan

ers know about the glories of Hindu nationalism? Gandhiji regarded armed nationalism a “curse”. Tagore wrote in 1908: “Patriotism cannot be our final spiritual shelter; my refuge is Humanity. I’ll not buy glass for the price of diamonds, and I’ll never allow patriotism to triumph as long as I live”. But both Gandhiji and Tagore are long dead. On the economic front, while most economists believe that, whichever pa

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Under NDA, rural drinking water takes a back seat -Sneha Alexander & Vishnu Padmanabhan

-Livemint.com Since 2014, the NDA has cut funding for rural drinking water and focused more on sanitation, leaving millions without access to safe and assured water Water is central to Human sustenance but millions of Indians do not get enough of it. In 2015, 163 million Indians lacked access to clean water near their homes, the highest figure in the world according to WaterAid, a non-governmental organization focusing on global water issues.

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Villagers face eviction near Panna forest reserve -Maithreyi Kamalanathan

Panna Tiger Reserve’s buffer zone where the people say they have been told by the forest department that with the number of tigers increasing, the reserve’s core area has to be expanded. Human settlements are not allowed in the core, while buffer zones around critical tiger habitats allow more space for the free movement of tigers while also allowing Humans and wildlife to co-exist. Rampura cam

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Cong's minimum income scheme based on Amartya Sen's poverty index -Kumar AnsHuman

-The Economic Times Congress’ Bhalchandra Mungekar, who is part of the manifesto committee, said: “If BJP can waive off loans to the tune of Rs 3,16,000 crore of 10-15 industralists, our scheme is very much doable.” NEW DELHI: Congress Nyay scheme is based on Amartya Sen Index of poverty. As per the index, among the poor there are several categories of very poor, poor and others. So the party is planning to provide for the gap. “Say, for example, there is a fam

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ADR survey shows that better employment opportunities, better health care & drinking water are the top 3 priorities among Indian voters

result of prevailing governance deficit in these sectors that is causing deprivation to the average Indian voter besides also leading to the denial of their fundamental rights like Right to live with Human dignity as embodied in the Article-21 of the Constitution. For inclusive and equitable development, it is important that the government ensures that such basic services reach all sections of the society, as it is key to developing More »

Reality of impunity, rhetoric of Human rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

issue is yet to be resolved. In February, reports by the National Institute of Nutrition stated that the menu by APF was in compliance with the nutritional guidelines suggested by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Please click here to read more.

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

nt advertisement featuring film actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has been preaching the benefits of the “do gadde” or twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from Human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the Centre’s flagship sanitation scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This month, with the scheme claiming to be on the verge of completing toilet

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Women need governmental support to deal with climate change in the Himalayas -Mayank Aggarwal

en government policies overlook the oppression they face. * To address it, the latest report by ICIMOD has suggested a series of measures such as the government allocating resources, financial and Human, for gender-responsive interventions, and creation of mechanisms to ensure the promotion of women’s rights. * The report also highlighted social problems faced by migrants in the Himalayan countries and batted for a series of measures to en

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

ew of the crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Apart from policymakers and regulators from the Centre and some states, the delegates and panelists represented Human health, animal health, agriculture, nutrition, research and academia, food industry, farmers and civil society.   Setting the context to the discussions, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE, emphasised that “with the growin

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