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The Agrarian Crisis in Punjab and the Making of the Anti-Farm Law Protests -Shreya Sinha

-TheIndiaForum.in The protests in Punjab are happening at a time when the agrarian economy is under stress. With increasing uncertainty, previously antagonistic groups across classes, castes & Gender are coming closer, building a broader base for the agitation & beyond. Punjab’s farmers have been unrelenting in their opposition to the new farm laws passed in September. Their sustained and creative opposition continues to make headlines. The central government too remains adamant and...

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‘Mol ki bahuein’ -- the women Haryana’s men buy as brides -Jyoti Yadav

-ThePrint.in This report, which won the Laadli Media Award for Gender sensitivity this week, explores the lives of women from other parts of India who are bought as brides for Haryana's men. New Delhi: In 2019, I travelled across Haryana to uncover the ugly truth behind the widely prevalent practice of ‘bride-buying’ in the state, and the scarred lives many of its victims live. These women are called ‘Paro’ and ‘mol ki...

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Decoding the close Bihar verdict -Shreyas Sardesai, Sandeep Shastri, Sanjay Kumar and Suhas Palshikar

-The Indian Express Bihar Assembly election results 2020: Held against the backdrop of the pandemic, the Bihar contest was also one of the closest in recent times. In this post-poll survey, Lokniti-CSDS unpacks the many aspects of NDA’s narrow victory over the Mahagathbandhan — caste & community, confidence in Modi, and women voting more for NDA. As the counting of votes in Bihar continued through the day on Tuesday, the close nature...

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A normalisation of WFH is unlikely to raise women’s participation in the labour force -Ashwini Deshpande

-The Indian Express Work from home, without lessening domestic burden and an increase in paid work, is unlikely to draw more women into the labour force. Is the COVID-19 pandemic unwittingly turning the tide on the sticky issue of the low labour force participation (LFP) of Indian women that decades of policy and research efforts have been trying to achieve without success? A recent report from LinkedIn suggested that Indian women increased their...

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The many lessons from COVID-19 -Soumya Swaminathan

-The Hindu What we have done so far, and what all remains to be done The global pandemic is marching on. As I had said at the JRD Tata Oration, hosted by the Population Foundation of India on its 50th anniversary, of the lessons I have learned over the last nine or 10 months, the most important one is the significance of investing in public health and primary healthcare. Countries that invested...

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