The Hemant Karkare That I Knew

Pragya Thakur, you should have been there to honour the brave men who faced a storm of gunfire so that you and I could sleep safely.

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66 Civil Servants Sign Open Letter to President Kovind Over “Weak-Kneed Response of Election Commission of India to Violations of Model Code of Conduct”

66 civil servants have urged President Ram Nath Kovind, along with the Chief Election Commissoner, to ensure the elections are conducted with independence, fairness, impartiality and efficiency.

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Low soil-moisture posing threat in most river basins

According to an index based on data of rainfall and soil moisture from 1982-2010, two-thirds of the country’s total cropland has been found to be sensitive to vegetation drought, raising the concern for food security.

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Study finds gaps in conservation efforts of Asiatic wild dogs in Western Ghats

A team of scientists have estimated the dhole population and its occupancy pattern in 16 protected forest reserves and adjoining landscapes covering an area of 37,000 sq km in Karnataka portion of Western Ghats. They have found that there are 49 sites in the surveyed areas, which faced threats of local extinction of the animal.

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49 Civil Servants Sign Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Over Kathua & Unnao Rape Cases

On the 15th of April, days after the rape of two minor girls in India, 49 retired civil servants penned an open letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, expressing concern and anguish over the recent nightmarish cases of rape at Kathua and Unnao and our collective failure as human beings.

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Reducing Child Malnutrition – Action Backed By Data

In the last 15 years, we have been snowed under with programmes designed to improve access to healthcare, employment & food. Most programmes to tackle child malnutrition have not fit in with the lumbering public service delivery mechanisms that are a characteristic of most Indian state governments.

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Meeting India’s Healthcare Needs

A program for universal healthcare insurance like the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is a step in the right direction for India. It has the potential to tackle problems of financial insecurity in healthcare spending, increase usage of healthcare facilities, and lead to better diagnoses of diseases and broader access to good care.

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Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them)

A deeper look at the beef ban, cow vigilantes, Hinduism, and Hindutva vigilantism. Cows have become in India a lightning rod for human cruelty, in the name of religion.

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Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Gone, But Scrutiny Will Continue

In an executive order on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (Voter Fraud Commission).

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Pfizer’s patent for children’s pneumonia vaccine challenged in India

The ‘PCV 13’ vaccine from Pfizer is intended for India’s universal immunisation program for children. The patent has been challenged by Doctors Without Borders.

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From internet blackouts to violent attacks, India & South Asia saw new threats to free speech & expression online in 2017

In 2017, India and other South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of speech & expression.

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Delhi should follow Beijing’s example in tackling air pollution

India has made remarkable progress lifting millions of people out of poverty in recent years, but has singularly failed to curb air pollution in Delhi & other cities

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Behind Narendra Modi: The growing influence of the India lobby

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump each have a corporate style of administration. Modi’s frequent visits to the US have reinvigorated both India-US ties and Indian lobbying

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Triple Talaq Bill: Rushing to Judgement (A Lawyer’s Lament)

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights On Marriage) Bill, 2017, is no doubt a piece of progressive social legislation, well

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