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With its economic policy, the government confronts political risks -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times Those sympathetic to the establishment argue that had it not been for the second wave, the economy would have been in a much better shape. Those who disagree claim that even the sequential recovery which was achieved was profit-led and Inequality-generating in nature On June 28, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an economic package to deal with the adverse effects of the second wave of the pandemic. The contours of...

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Gender equality must be central to Covid-19 recovery plans -Poonam Muttreja and Safeena Hussain

-Hindustan Times While recognising that women’s and girl’s empowerment is a moral imperative, investing in academic, vocation, and life skills for girls and young women represents one of the most significant opportunities for sustainable and inclusive development Even after decades of work and attention, gender Inequality remains a significant barrier to human development. Women and girls worldwide are still discriminated against in accessing healthcare, education, political representation, and employment, impeding the realisation...

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With 45% of Indians excluded from the food security net, it’s time to univeralise the PDS -Swati Narayan

-Scroll.in Poverty is growing, thanks to the Covid-19 economic slowdown. It’s time for the Centre to provide subsidised foodgrains to most Indians. Have you ever closely watched ants foraging for food in the kitchen with remarkable ingenuity, teamwork and dedication? They meticulously gather food – crumbs and grains of sugar – to re-distribute to the entire colony. In addition, they store excess morsels to tide over future shortages. Bees are equally industrious....

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Eminent individuals oppose the appointment of Justice Arun Mishra as Chairperson of NHRC

-Press release by People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) dated 2nd June, 2021 We, the members of various Human Rights Organisations and Concerned individuals, condemn the appointment of former SC Judge, Shri Arun Kumar Mishra, as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India by the selection Committee headed by the Prime Minister. What is troubling  is that the decision to appoint Justice Arun Kumar Mishra as NHRC...

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Overcoming the pandemic’s challenge requires an economic policy reset -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times A long-term look at this government’s economic policies suggests that for it to even consider a response the demand demand for a strong and equitable fiscal stimulus will require a reset of the existing economic policy framework There is now widespread consensus that the second wave of Covid-19 will worsen India’s demand side problem. Even though there is no official data to prove this, most experts and private estimates suggest...

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