When forest guards wield the camera

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
A still from one of the trap cameras in Pakke Tiger Reserve. Source: Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department

The short documentary shifts the gaze of an adventure tourist to that of someone who lives the jungle. Shot by two forest guards of Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh, it offers the exquisite close ups of the magic called nature, including 3 months of trap camera footage of various animals in action. But more than that it shows us the people who monitor our protected areas. 

Watch this video to know why Aadhaar is under scanner

Friday, August 25, 2017
Govt claims Aadhaar is full proof while critics differ. Source: Kannan Shanmugam/Wikimedia Commons

The unique identitification programme, popularly known as Aadhaar, has generated lot of heat due to security and privacy concerns. A larger bench of the Apex Court is still examining whether intrusive aspects of unique identification encroaches upon citizen’s right to privacy. This video tells you about the claims and counterclaims of the system.

India @70: Take politics out of governance

Saturday, August 12, 2017
The votes polled by the elected members must not be less than 60 per cent of the votes polled 

As India celebrates 70th Independence Day, it stands as a polarised country. Divided on political lines with little room for tolerance to opposite view point. The sanctity of an elected post is often ignored and seen an extension of political affiliation. Political parties thrive and grow at the cost of Indian democracy and help in promotion of an organised lobby of selfish people. The spirit of the Constitution demands that good people...

Why the rapes never stop

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Demonstrating in favour of safe world for women in Bengaluru. Source: Kiran Jonnalagadda/Wikimedia Commons

In 2012, the Delhi gangrape incident, in which a physiotherapy student was gangraped and tortured in a private bus, brought the issue of rape onto discussion platforms, street protests and also pushed the government to come up with stronger policy and law on crime against women. Ever after five years, however, we are an unsafe nation for women. In fact, the situation is only worsening. The data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows...

India debates if privacy can be a fundamental right

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Petitions against Aadhaar has led to question of right to privacy.

A nine-judge Constitution bench is examining whether privacy is a fundamental right. The bench was formed in response to petitions challenging government orders that made Aadhaar mandatory. The petitions had right to privacy as one of the arguments. While petitioners claim that right to life and liberty inherentily include right to privacy, government believes it's more of a social notion like 'pursuit of happiness' and should not be a legal...

‘Rare diseases policy will help 70 million patients in India’  

Monday, July 24, 2017
Persons and families living with rare diseases at a recent awareness event . Source: ORDI

Around 70 million patients, mostly children, living with rare diseases in India have something to cheer about as the Union government has formally recognised their existence and formed a policy to address diagnostic and treatment gaps There are over 7,000 rare diseases in the world of which only 450 have been identified through reported cases in India. Most of these diseases go undiagnosed...

India needs to be cautious on free trade pact with ASEAN

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
RCEP is essential for India in context of economic, geo-political and security architecture shift in the region.

India relies on regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP), a proposed free trade agreement with ASEAN members and the five states with which ASEAN has existing FTAs. Despite the impressive prospects the gains for India may not be as significant as assumed and may lead to dumping of cheaper imports which will hamper domestic producers.

Dalits embracing Buddhism need to go beyond politics 

Sunday, July 16, 2017
A Buddhist shrine with Ambedkar's portrait. Source: Akuppa John Wigwam/Flickr

The Dalits in modern India use initiation into Buddhism as a symbolic protest. Recently, around 180 families immersed the idols of Hindu deities and took to Buddhism after a violent clash with members of upper caste in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Last year, over 300 Dalits took deeksha in Gujarat after seven Dalits were flogged for skinning a dead cow. ...

‘Farmers and wildlife will suffer if Mhadei’s water is diverted’

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Mhadei or Mandovi river is a lifeline of Western Ghats. Source: Pixabay

The beautiful Mandovi or Mhadei river is a bone of contention between Goa and Karnataka for last over 15 years. The rivers flows for the first 35 kilometers through Karnataka and enters Goa through a pristine forest range of Western Ghats. While Goa calls it a lifeline which keeps the salty sea water away from the agriculture belt, Karnataka wants to build 12 dams to divert water, claiming it will serve its dry central region where farmers...

Bleeding banks need more than a bandage

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NPAs affect circulation of funds. Source: Pixabay

The banking industry is in shambles thanks to high level of NPAs, especially in public banks. According to a report by the Public Finance Public Accountability Collective (PFPAC), the NPAs rose from a mere Rs 50,517 crores in 2007 to Rs 5,41,763 crores in 2016. In a period of six months between September 2015 and March 2016 the amount of NPAs shot up by a staggering 46 percent. That they now stand at Rs 10 lakh crore underscores the economic...