Category The Hindu

At home and in exile

• With climate change, its worsening slow onset effects such as droughts, effects from sea level rise and water shortages will cause many to leave their homes and move to safer places. • Such migration may be a choice in…

Towards a regional reset?

• The government’s foreign policy moves over the past few months represent an unannounced but profound shift in its thinking about the neighbourhood. This could change the course of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy before the general election next…

Mandate and allocations

• Concerns over the directive to use population data in the Terms of Reference (ToR) from the 2011 Census, and not the 1971 Census that was used earlier, is an exaggeration. => POPULATION DATA • Conceptually, general purpose transfers to…

Reimagining governance

• Getting the Centre, States and district administrations to work in tandem is crucial • The 115 Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is radical not because this is the first time that a government in…

Preventing accidents

• The recent death of at least 23 children and many others in a school bus crash in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, or of the 18 labourers in a lorry accident in Maharashtra, or of nine people in a truck mishap…

Heed the federal framework

• Most federations in the world have arrangements for the mobilisation and devolution of resources. In India, the Constitution provides for the appointment of a Finance Commission every five years to recommend methodology to share resources such that the fiscal…

Building India’s talent base

• India’s rank of 103rd position in the recent World Economic Forum ranking of 130 nations on the preparedness of talent was just another indication of the skills challenge. • In just five years, the government’s skill gap analysis report…

A register by the people

• India recorded a marginal increase in forest cover, according to the India State of Forest Report 2017. • Around the same time this report was released, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released a draft National Forest…