Social Hostilities & Government Restrictions Index

Context: In 2020, India has been ranked first in the Social Hostilities Index (SHI) released by US think-tank Pew Research Center. Relevance: GS I: Communalism, Secularism, Regionalism Dimensions of the Article: About Social Hostilities Index (SHI) India: Government Restrictions Index (GRI) -Source: Live Mint

The Persistent Decline In Poverty in India

Context The recent release of NFHS-5 data for 2019-21 enables a detailed analysis of progress in reducing absolute poverty and related determinants such as nutrition. The article examines the relative decline in poverty from 2004 to 2013 and 2014 to 2021, arguing that India’s economic growth was the most inclusive between 2014 and 2019. Relevance […]

Election Commission Strategy of Naming and Shaming Voters

Context The Election Commission recently signed Memorandums of Understanding with over 1,000 corporate entities to monitor “electoral participation of their workforce” and publish those who do not vote on their websites and notice boards. According to ECI, the MoUs are only for voter education and facilitation, not for forcing people to vote or for “naming […]

The Pandemic’s Impact On Wages

Context India plays an important role in the global economic growth and structural transformation story. However, asymmetries continue to abound (exist in large numbers) in the country’s labour market. A commensurate improvement in its labour market outcomes, as well as a more equitable distribution of the fruits of economic progress, will spur further economic growth […]

Technology And Exhausted Nomads in J&K

Context The nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal communities of Jammu and Kashmir have been given smart cards and free transportation to help with their biannual migration. Relevance GS Paper 1: Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. Mains Question Has religion improved social cohesion in Indian society? Argue (250 Words) Gujjar-Bakarwal Community Information: The nomadic pastoralists of […]

Rural Area Swacchta Survey

Context According to the Swachh Survekshan Gramin (SSG) 2022, Telangana, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu were the cleanest of all large states on rural sanitation parameters. Assam, Bihar, and Jammu and Kashmir, on the other hand, were the three worst performers. Relevance GS Paper 1: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems […]

The Perils of Manual Scavenging

Context All cleaning jobs are regarded as demeaning and are assigned to people at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The majority of Dalits work in sanitation as manual scavengers, drain cleaners, garbage collectors, and road sweepers. According to government data, 97 percent of manual scavengers in India are Dalits. Despite the fact that manual […]

The Reliability of Poverty Survey Data

Context Based on the fourth and fifth rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data, the Poverty Ratio (Head Count Ratio) in Tamil Nadu decreased from 4.89% in 2015-16 to 1.57% in 2020-21. Relevance GS Paper 2: Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Mains Question “The […]

Regional languages Are Vital to Indians’ Success

Context To commemorate the completion of two years since the launch of National Education Policy 2020, the union Home Minister recently launched a slew of education and skill development initiatives. Relevance GS Paper 1: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Mains Question Should Hindi be India’s official language? Comment on the linguistic diversity […]

Gender Gap Index-2022

Context Recently The World Economic Forum has published its Global Gender Gap Report 2022. And within that report India was placed at 135th position out of 146 countries in Global Gender Gap Index. Relevance GS Paper 1: Role Of Women & Women Organization Mains Question Inclusion of more women in science and applied technologies is critical […]