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Don’t lose sight of long-standing fight against undernutrition -Simonti Chakraborty

-The Pioneer As the wave of the Covid-19 pandemic grips the globe, the entire population of affected countries has been left vulnerable. Especially worrisome has been the long-term impact that such a crisis can have on children in the coming days and years. Though medically, it has been observed that children have been less affected by the deadly virus, concerns of them being the “hidden victims” of this global health emergency...

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The Peshwa’s tax Holiday: How the Mughals and Marathas dealt with distress migration -Mario da Penha

-The Hindu Diverse regimes in Early Modern India often saw the distress migration of rural inhabitants when, much like today, displacement became the forced choice between hope and hunger The scale of the migrant labourer exodus from the precariousness of cities to the security of their home villages has few parallels in Indian history. Economist Chinmay Tumbe estimates that by the end of May, no fewer than 30 million Indians had moved...

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Locust invasions in a number of Indian states have arisen out of climate change induced extreme rainfalls in desert areas

In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, desert locust swarms have been seen in parts of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the second half of May 2020. The recent attacks by desert locust swarms have caused massive crop damage, depletion in the stock of cattle fodder and destruction of green vegetation in these states. As on 25th May, 2020, over half of Rajasthan’s 33 districts were...

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States cannot be left to the Centre’s mercy -Praveen Chakravarthy

-The Hindu Not only are the States not paid what is due to them, they have also lost the powers to raise their own sales tax revenues Karur MP S Jothimani recently conducted a telephonic survey of 30 lakh people in Tamil Nadu on the re-opening of liquor shops in the State during lockdown 3.0. An overwhelming 89% were opposed to the move. The Maharashtra government too decided to permit liquor shops to...

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It’s about food, nutrition and livelihood security -MS Swaminathan & Nitya Rao

-The Hindu Farmers’ cooperation, technological upgrading and favourable public policies can help India deal with the pandemic The current national lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the problems of food, nutrition and livelihood security confronting a large number of rural people, in particular, migrants to cities. While some measures have been announced, such as provision of additional rice or wheat, some pulses and oil free of cost, as well as...

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