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‘Housing For All’ Means Nothing For India’s Migrant Workers

Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace. The Union Budget, announced on February 1, has committed to provide assistance for building 3.7 million houses in urban areas in 2018-19 under the Pradhan Mantri …

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With New Cracks In The Judiciary, Will Politics Reclaim Its Hold On Ayodhya Issue?

The apex court, by directing the case to come up as a title dispute, which is a narrow legal facet of this case, has thus continued to manage the conflict. The Supreme Court is all set to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi matter Thursday. The 130-year old title dispute poses …

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Budget 2018: India’s Healthcare System Needs More Money And An Urgent Overhaul

This is the last full budget of the present government and the last opportunity for it to demonstrate its commitment to India’s health and nutrition. The deaths of children in a public hospital in Gorakhpur due to alleged disruption of oxygen supply highlighted the systemic failures in public health provision. …

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Aadhaar Allows The State To Dominate Citizens Via Architecture Of Surveillance

Constitution isn’t about power of the State, but limits to that power, said the petitioners’ counsel before SC bench. On day four of Aadhaar hearing before the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, petitioners’ counsel Shyam Divan spoke eloquently, once again, about the undue power wielded by the Unique Identification …

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Why Are India’s Strategic Thinkers Silent About the Country’s Decline Under Modi?

The country’s national interest would be better served if foreign policy analysts think of their vocation more broadly than merely paying attention to the nuances of inter-governmental ties. The Twitter handle of India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon makes for interesting viewing. In December, he had a tongue-in-cheek response …

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Why RSS Aims To Shelve Cervical Cancer Vaccine Programme Is Beyond Worrisome?

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch believes the programme will divert scarce resources from more worthwhile health initiatives. The Union health ministry has decided to shelve cervical cancer vaccination, which was to be introduced under India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP). The decision calls for a debate as cervical cancer is the second …

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All That Is Wrong With The Proposed National Medical Commission Bill

On Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018, thousands of doctors from across the country joined the heated protest against the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) bill. The bill was brought forth with the aim of replacing the Medical Council of India (MCI), which is mired in severe allegations of corruption, …

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Slowing Indian Economy Risks Turning Demographic Dividend Into A Disaster

There weren’t enough jobs in India when the economy was growing at a world-beating annual rate of 8% in financial year 2015. So, the latest official estimate of GDP growth should be a wake-up call for the Narendra Modi government, lest India’s famed “demographic dividend” is turned on its head. …

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