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Dialogues for democracy, lessons from Rajasthan -Sakina Dhorajiwala, Puma Chandra Kishan and Rajendran Narayanan

-The Hindu Federalism and good Governance need engagement between people and officials, as the MGNREGA programme shows It is 45 days and counting since lakhs of farmers have gathered in Delhi protesting against the farm laws. Leaving aside the merits and demerits of the laws, many are aggrieved about the process of promulgation of the laws as it lacked any consultation with those that the laws are purportedly meant to serve. Very often,...

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Put farm laws on hold or we will: SC to Centre -Shagun Kapil

-Down to Earth Said will facilitate talks before committee set up by the court The Supreme Court January 11, 2021 slammed the Narendra Modi government’s handling of protests by farmers over the recent agriculture-related laws. It called for a committee and said if the government doesn’t stays the three laws, the apex court would A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said that it was disappointed with the way the government...

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Will Supreme Court's Hearing on Farmer Protests Go the Shaheen Bagh Way? -Bishwajit Bhattacharyya

-TheWire.in The executive is shifting every contentious policy issue to the court. All eyes are now on the Supreme Court hearing on January 11, 2021. Agitating farmers did not move the apex court and are not happy about the hearing. The Centre seems happy. The agriculture minister’s loud statement voiced on January 8 tells it all. This typifies misGovernance. The executive is shifting every contentious policy issue to the court. Farmers surely want a...

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Marginal improvement in rural women’s education, finds NFHS-5 -Shruti Banerjee, Shristi Guha and Ashmita Sengupta

-Down to Earth Social, cultural stigmas reasons for lack of improvement The present-day education system has come a long way and age-old traditions have undergone a drastic change. One of the biggest achievements of India was the increase in literacy rate to 74.04 per cent in 2010-11 from 18.3 per cent in 1950-51. The country has been making great strides in educating children; at the time of Independence, India was largely illiterate (nine...

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In rural India, over-reliance on digital technology has worsen financial exclusion -Rajendran Narayanan and Sakina Dhorajiwala

-The Indian Express A technological intervention must have a Governance framework in which protection of rights must be fundamental and which provides more choices to the marginalised. Remember the early days of the internet, when it took several minutes to connect to the web through a dial-in modem? Or when you had to wait in line at an STD booth to make an outstation call? Since then, we have made massive strides...

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