Archive for month April, 2016

  • April 27, 2016

    Two Years...

    In his first Independence Day address to the nation in 2014, Prime Minster Narendra Modi pointed out the contradictory and hypocritical stance Indians take towards their sons and daughters.

  • April 27, 2016

    Status of...

    ‘The 2016-17 budget is pro-village, pro-poor and pro-farmer’, said the Indian prime minister on 29 January 2016 after the budget was presented in the parliament. As the current government under Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) completes two years, I seek to examine how concerned it is towards the villages, poor and...

  • April 27, 2016

    The Clean...

    Last year, the World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme estimated that 61 percent of rural Indians defecate in the open. Even as the world is transitioning from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals, India continues to lag behind on the sanitation related MDG indicators....

  • April 27, 2016

    NDA’s Fiscal...

    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which came to power in May 2014, riding on a wave of hope, optimism and development rhetoric inherited a socio-economy which required the attention of the state. While corruption, black money and price rise dominated the headlines, other macro-indicators of the economy and social...

  • April 27, 2016

    Juvenile Justice...

    The Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act 2015 came into effect amid much controversy on January 15, 2016 after receiving the Presidential assent in December 2015. It repealed the previous JJ Act, 2000. It had been passed by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha without much opposition despite bringing critical...

  • April 22, 2016

    Dunes of...

    Amid hundreds of children in the malnutrition and neonatal ward of Mithi District Headquarter civil hospital, a tiny Mukesh, remained motionless. Midget in stature, he looks nowhere a baby from his appearance. The mark on his crib headboard shows that he is three years old. We are in children ward...

  • April 19, 2016

    A New...

    While sexual violence has been committed in many conflicts on a large scale, perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. Recent decisions at the International Criminal Court (ICC), however, could strengthen the prosecution of rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Most importantly, the ICC entered its first ever conviction...

  • April 15, 2016

    The Chinese...

    Dubbed the “Lianghui” or “Two Sessions”, China’s annual plenary sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference were held in Beijing early this March. As one of the major focuses of the sessions, China’s growth target for 2016 and new agenda for economic reform were...

  • April 3, 2016

    Human Trafficking:...

    The arrest of eight suspected human traffickers in March this year in Zimbabwe has exposed how entrenched the crime has become in the country.   Zimbabwe, a country weighed down by the serious economic meltdown, high unemployment rate and crippling droughts, has become a fertile hunting ground for human traffickers...