‘Lavender Scare’ and NASA

Context NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which will show the clearest-ever images of the universe, is set to bring about a change in the way we perceive space. However, the telescope’s name has come under intense criticism from the LGBTQ community. The telescope has been named after James Webb, who ran the US space agency […]

PM SVANidhi

Focus: GS-II Social Justice, GS-III India Economy Why in News? The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, launches ‘SVANidhi Mahotsav’ – a cultural festival for celebrating the success of PM SVANidhi Scheme PM Street Vendor’s Atmanitbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) PM SVANidhi is a Special Micro-Credit Facility. PM SVANidhi was launched by the Ministry of Housing […]

 Minimum Support Price

Context: Ahead of the nationwide protests demanding a law to ensure MSP, NITI Aayog has asserted that the MSP should continue till markets become competitive and efficient. Relevance: GS-III: Agriculture (Agriculture Pricing), GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: What is Minimum Support Price (MSP)? Why is there a need for MSP? What […]

The Choice Is Narrowing The Circle or Widening It

Context An editorial comment recently opined ‘India is witnessing the progressive normalization of minority baiting’. Recent happenings within the country and their reactions in lands far and near tend to pose the problem. Relevance GS-I: Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism. Dimensions of the Article Neighbourhood Impact An emerging disquiet Furtherance of hate Indic versus […]

State Food Safety Index

State Food Safety Index

Context: In an effort to galvanize States/UTs to work towards ensuring safe food for citizens, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare released Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)’s 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to measure the performance of States across five parameters of food safety.  Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Issues related […]

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Context: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) has a completion rate of 67.72%, whereas the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) scheme that started a year ahead is lagging behind with a 50% completion rate. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice (Welfare Schemes, Government Policies and Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: What are the Reasons for Delay in Both the Schemes? […]

Reservation in Public Employment 

Context: Jarnail Singh judgment indicates a critical turn in the jurisprudence of reservation. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Government Policies and Initiatives, Issues related to Minorities), GS-II: Polity and Constitution (Constitutional Provisions, Important Judgements) Dimensions of the Article: Constitutional Provisions on Reservation Reservation not a fundamental Right Arguments for applying reservation in promotions Mandal […]

Recognition of Sex Work as a Profession

Context: Recently, in a significant order, Supreme Court has recognised sex work as a “profession” and observed that its practitioners are entitled to dignity and equal protection under law. Relevance: GS II- Social Justice Dimensions of the Article: Details Highlights of the Supreme Court Judgment Challenges faced by Sex worker Details: The court invoked its […]

Branch Campuses in India, Prospects and Challenges

Context India, after half a century of keeping its higher education doors closed to foreigners, is on the cusp of opening itself to the world. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Dimensions of the Article Higher Education Reforms Opportunities for Branch Campuses Current Initiatives […]

State Governments Structural Interventions That Can Create Higher-Wage Jobs

Context The recent decision to deduct off-budget borrowings from state borrowing limits reminds chief ministers to be good policy ancestors. Relevance GS-II: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources Dimensions of the Article Financing Welfare State Structural interventions that can create high wage jobs Shifting resources to […]