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The Survey as policy with ideological overtones -MA Oommen

-The Hindu To say that growth and inequality converge in terms of their effects on socio-economic outcomes is outrageous The Economic Survey 2021 ( does not seem to be a policy document derived straight from the empirical data of the economy or the social compulsions embedded in it. On the contrary, the Survey rings with policy postulates based on strong ideological overtones. Of interest would be Chapter 4, captioned ‘Inequality and Growth:...

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How Can India’s Judiciary be More Economically Responsible? -Pradeep S Mehta There is no reason for courts to not take expert assistance in complex matters and it should resort to this route more often. In India, and indeed many countries around the world, development work is seen at a crossroads with protecting the world’s natural environment. Agriculture is the oldest and biggest intrusion into nature, which has historically upset our ecological equilibrium. Besides this, forests have to be cut down; rivers have to...

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India’s pandemic generation: 375 million children will suffer poor health, educational losses, says Centre for Science and Environment study

-The Hindu The pandemic also has its hidden victims — over 500 million children forced out of school globally and India accounted for more than half of them. The country is all set to usher in a ‘pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, ranging from being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality, to losses in education and work productivity, according to the State...

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Kalahandi’s Kutia Kondhs: Subsistence a struggle for this tribe of nature worshippers -Ravi Shankar Behera

-Down to Earth Despite living in abject Poverty and depending on natural resources for survival, the Kondhs do not use wood from the forests for fuel and also prevent illegal tree   The Kutia Kondhs are a particularly vulnerable tribal groups in Kalahandi district, Odisha. They live in Lanjigarh, Thuamul Rampur, Madanpur Rampur and Bhawanipatna blocks. The Kondhs worship nature like many other tribal groups in the country. Members of the community take...

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Mid-Day Meals play a crucial role in guaranteeing child nutrition in the post-pandemic world

School meals ensure nutrition for millions of vulnerable children across the world. Almost 370 million children worldwide are covered by school feeding programmes. While 100 million school children benefitted from the noon meal scheme in India prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries like Brazil (48 million), China (44 million), South Africa (9 million) and Nigeria (9 million) too run similar programmes for school children. However, an estimated 39 billion in-school...

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