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Niti Aayog is in denial about hunger in India - but the problem is worse than the statistics show -Sylvia Karpagam & Veena Shatrugna

an poor have the same access to food? Do those who depend predominantly on the public distribution system have the same control on access as those who are able to procure it from markets? Is there no Gender, caste, religion, regional, and urban/rural variation in access? The Global Health Index report states that 60% of the world’s hunger is of women, often the result of deep rooted social structures that deny women access to education, healt

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Uttar Pradesh tops the list on crimes against women in 2016 -Shaswati Das

ising figures may be because more cases are being registered, with police now mandatorily required to register a case. However, policing still left a lot to be desired, they added. While reporting Gender-based crimes has become easier, experts stated that rape cases continue to be under-reported because of the social stigma that women and their families face. “The police need to be sensitized. The police blame the women in most cases, espe

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Whose development is it anyway? -TK Rajalakshmi and Akshay Deshmane

rates form important constituents of human development as they denote a certain level of access to education and literacy facilities. While literacy levels were better than the national average, the Gender difference (Atul Sood and Kalaiyarasan) of 20 percentage points was higher than the gap in the literacy rate between men and women at the national level. The gap in the literacy outcomes, between those in the general category and the marginal socia

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by Down to Earth

thing to do with the active roles women play in these states. If that's true, what gives you confidence that laggard states in which this isn't true will eventually catch up? The extreme nature of Gender inequality in the laggard states, particularly in north India, makes it difficult for them to emulate the more progressive states. Your question, however, assumes that Gender relations in north India wil

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TransGender rights: House panel proposed, govt rejects -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express The report recommended specific provisions in the ministry’s version of the transGender Bill, to safeguard their rights, protect them against discrimination, and provide quotas in government colleges and jobs. The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to junk the recommendations of a parliamentary committee report which was the first ever government document to recognise the rights of trans More »

AMU must do away with separate colleges for male, female students, merge Shia, Sunni studies: Audit -Neelam Pandey

of boys and girls up to the under-graduate courses in separate boys-only and girls-only college is considered a legacy of the past especially when the workplaces and activities in the real world are Gender-neutral”. The AMU’s identity is a contentious political issue, with the central government arguing that granting it the status of a minority institution was in violation of the constitution that does not permit a secular India to set

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India slips 21 places in Gender gap ranking, Bangladesh ahead -Shalini Nair

e to be held by the Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway and Finland, Bangladesh, at 47th position, holds the highest rank in South Asia. INDIA HAS been ranked a low 108 out of 144 countries on the Gender equality scale, slipping from 87 last year, according to the Global Gender Gap Index (2017) released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday. While the top ranks continue to be held by the Nordi

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First-ever Gender Vulnerability Index will give activists tangible parameters to tackle discrimination against Indian women -Deya Bhattacharya The first ever Gender Vulnerability Index (GVI), developed by Plan India, a non-governmental organisation, indicates that Goa is the safest for women and girls while Bihar ranked the lowest for their safety and security. The GVI is a composite index developed for a study for Plan India’s ‘Plan for Every Child’ – a campaign that is targetted at understanding the problems that women and girls face in difficult

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Feeding India -Uma Lele

n areas imply a much higher incidence of undernourishment (Chand and Jumrani 2013). His third, more cynical, advice is “combat critics spinning data with counter-spin. Spin your own emphasis on Gender equality to say it also attacks maternal mortality and child stunting.” Four, spin the Swachh Bharat scheme to boast that, as the first politician to aim for an open-defecation-free India, the PM targets not just cleanliness but malnutrition.

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New Recommendations to Regulate Online Hate Speech Could Pose More Problems Than Solutions -Amber Sinha

e speech law that the use of law to curb offensive or hurtful speech has been done by religious groups, caste based groups, occupation based groups with strong caste associations, language groups and Gender based groups. The range of actions arising from such uses of the law include the banning of books, criminal proceedings for political satire, or even ‘liking’ political posts on social media. The relationship between speech acts and

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