Flimsy Cover: The Inadequacy Of Crop Insurance

The untimely rainfall and hailstorms this year have played havoc with rabi or winter crops, especially wheat, that were close to harvesting. There is likely to be a significant depletion in yield. While this may not immediately affect India’s food security, the

Global Cricket’s Toothless Policing Force

A few months after taking over as general manager of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), Alex Marshall pronounced, “In most parts of the world it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies.” What Marshall said was nothing new. For more than one

Game of Skill or Game of Life?

On October 16, Mohan, a 21-year-old engineering student in Andhra Pradesh, allegedly died by suicide, failing to pay a debt of ₹80,000 that he had accumulated due to his online gaming addiction. Over the past year, Tamil Nadu reported 30 suicide due

Modern Slavery Is On The Rise

In early September, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released a startling report that brought into focus the magnitude of ‘modern slavery’. Slavery in the conventional sense might have been abolished or has been deemed illegal in most parts of the world, but

Rogue Flying Objects

On a hot summer morning in June 2020, at around 5 am, Border Security Force (BSF) sentries manning a border outpost at Pansar in Rathua village in Jammu, which is at touching distance from the Pakistani post across the international border, picked

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.