Death of the Invisible

Even as India marks 75 years of independence with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar, informed Parliament on July 18 that 347 people died during hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the past

Seeding a Tech Revolution

Nearly 43% of India’s population is dependent on agriculture and farming for livelihood, with the sector contributing a shade over 20% to the country’s GDP, but due to the lack of technology integration and a robust value chain, the agriculture sector and

Green is the Colour of Money

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sprang a surprise at the climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, last November by announcing that India will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Since then, the government has taken a series of steps in that direction.

Bitter Harvest

In a few months’ time, apple farmers in the Kashmir Valley would be gearing up for another cycle of flowering and fruiting of the cash crop. But, most likely, they will be weighed down by the thought of stacks of unsold crates

Oily Dilemma

The mission announced in August 2021 to bring an additional 6.5 lakh hectares under oil palm cultivation by the end of March 2026 is necessary to reduce the country’s dependence on imported edible oil but its extension to the Andamans should be

Economic Spring On India’s Horizon

In August 2021, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government would bring about an amendment in the appropriate law to negate the effect of the capital gains tax imposed by Pranab Mukherjee, finance minister in the UPA government, on several

Lessons in Managing Urban Water Supply

In July, the Odisha beach town of Puri officially declared its municipal water could be drunk straight from the tap. The town of two lakh people (according to the 2011 census) with a floating population of around a lakh, especially during the

Time To Flip Thinking

“Learning is an activity of thought. It is not stuffing the mind with facts.” — University Education Commission,1948-49 Teaching, learning, flipped classrooms, smart classrooms, online classes, blended or hybrid teaching, or concepts like learning management. A host of new-fangled technological and management

Devil’s In The Data

In the 2017 Economic Survey, the official annual statistical Bible of India, the finance ministry indirectly admits that its figures related to GDP (economic) growth may be wonky. In Chapter 3, which focuses on demonetisation, it states: “It is clear that recorded

Southward Bound

Economic upheavals unleashed by Covid-19 have severely impacted corporate social responsibility (CSR) spends. Analysis of available data reveals that CSR spending in 2020 dropped by almost half compared to 2019. The silver lining, however, is that it spawned a new wave of