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BJP's touted economic prowess: All bark, no bite

BJP’s touted economic prowess: All bark, no bite

Strengthening all economic parameters, holistic reforms, and focusing on demand and supply are sweeping platitudes, not policy. Apart from distorting the Congress manifesto as a combination of impractical populism and pandering to Muslims, BJP campaigners have little to offer by way of constructive solutions to the economy’s problems of declining real wages in rural areas, massive unemployment among educated Indians and corporate India’s reluctance to invest, leaving the government to shoulder the burden of building infrastructure and other capital formation to generate growth.
Empowering Single Women: Paving the Path to Equitable Futures in India

Empowering Single Women: Paving the Path to Equitable Futures in India

On the fifth of August 2022, Ms Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament India of the 17th Lok Sabha, introduced a private members bill titled “The Protection of Rights of Widows and Single Women and Abolishment of Widowhood Practices Bill, 2022”.  The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill held that an “ecosystem of neglect leads to millions of widows and single women being pushed into poverty, unable to guarantee a healthy life for themselves and their dependent children” and thus sought to safeguard the rights of widows and single women and to work towards a more equitable, accepting, and progressive society for them.
Is feel good real in India

Is feel good real in India

The ruling party is in election mode with daily pronouncements about how well the Indian economy is doing and benefitting not just the well-off but also the poor in the country. It has claimed a big reduction in poverty in India. It is stated that the Indian economy growing at about 7% is the fastest growing large economy in the world. Further, inflation is said to be tamed and employment generation robust, in spite of global head winds due to the Ukraine war and the pandemic. It is claimed that India has weathered these global storms better than most rich countries, so, it has become `Vishwaguru’. The Presidency of G20 has been cited as evidence of India becoming a dominant player on the world stage. It is claimed that India’s stock in the world has gone up since it is getting respect from other countries and its stand on various world affairs like, wars in Ukraine and Gaza, is being appreciated. Another sign of good performance is stated to be the desire of major world corporations to invest in India.
Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion: The Lakhpati Didi Scheme, 2023

Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion: The Lakhpati Didi Scheme, 2023

It is commonly recognised that women's economic empowerment accelerates social advancement and sustainable development. In India, where gender inequality still plagues society, programmes such as the Lakhpati Didi Scheme have become important tools for addressing these inequalities.
EVM Ruling Fails to Address Core Democratic Principles

EVM Ruling Fails to Address Core Democratic Principles

Court judgments are informed by a wide variety of factors, and when the factors change, the judgments change too. Here, Prof. Arun Kumar hopes that the recent EVM judgment will change sooner rather than later. IN the midst of elections, crucial to maintaining democracy, events suggest all is not well. The Supreme Court judgment ruling out any major changes in the way elections are conducted using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) was expected. But, the tone and tenor of the judgment is worrisome.