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A Take on Solar Power in India

Rising focus on the increasing awareness of existing solar systems, ambitious plans announced on the amount of solar power generation over the next few years, cancellation of subsidies over a considerable period and their reintroduction, and of course, the “solar scam” are some of the issues at the forefront of green energy in India.

A ‘New’ Recipe for Trade

With other mega regional trade agreements like the Trans–Pacific Partnership in uncertainty, trade treaties like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will acquire greater significance beyond their original ASEAN-centred grouping. The RCEP needs to be tracked for its implications for both the global trading system and the livelihoods of people.

Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Sexual and gender-based violence in conflict zones is largely regarded as an inevitable by-product of war, random acts of a few renegades, or mere collateral damage. Though a process for concerted action against SGBV during armed conflicts has taken shape in the wake of the United Nations Security Council resolutions as well as incorporation of crimes of sexual violence in the statutes of International Criminal Court and international criminal tribunals, more needs to be done to squarely address this menace.

Boycotting Schools in Nicobar for Education

The Andaman and Nicobar administration, vide its Extraordinary Gazette notification on 7 September 2015, lowered the minimum percentage of marks required for the Scheduled Tribe candidates for admission to the MBBS course and admitted eight Nicobarese students at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Institute of Medical Sciences. In March 2016, the Medical Council of India argued these admissions as illegal and discharged the concerned students, which has stirred resistance among the Nicobarese.

Injectable Contraceptives

The campaign against Depo-Provera and the questions raised by the women’s groups still remain relevant. Reproductive rights, when reduced to “choice of contraceptives” without considering the overall health and well-being of women, result only in the control and “unfreedom” of women.

Is the Government’s Overly Aggressive Solar Thrust in Public Interest?

The government wants to raise solar power generation capacity from the current 8 GW to 100 GW by 2022. How will such an aggressive solar programme impact India’s electricity distribution companies? How will it affect the cost, availability and quality of electricity for consumers? Does the pace of solar adoption being pushed by the government serve the public interest?

Politics of Jallikattu

The protest of Tamils against the ban on Jallikattu is a trigger. The pent-up anger against the successive policies of the central government and corporate encroachment of resources is the main cause of massive turnout in the protests. The protests displayed the limits of the Hindu right’s attempts to make inroads into the state’s politics by valorising Tamil language and culture. The protests indicate a continuity of Tamil politics with renewed strength through social media activism.

Can Conditional Transfers Eradicate Child Marriage?

Child marriage is associated with a range of negative social consequences—lower schooling, early pregnancy, decreased agency within the marital household, and adverse reproductive and sexual health. With respect to the eradication of child marriages, will conditional cash transfers for delaying marriage have the same logic as the more widely investigated conditional transfer programmes for children’s schooling? Will such transfers enable adolescents to make decisions or exercise choices regarding marriage, beyond simply delaying the event?

Sustainably Unsustainable Peace in Assam

Assam has been marked by severe violence for decades which has unfolded in a structured manner since the days of the infamous Assam movement. It is because of this movement that multiple massacres have taken place in the state, separated by periodic lulls. This article looks at the Bodo movement and how the government and non-Bodo communities of the state must deal with the effects it has unleashed.

Women with Visual Disabilities and the Women’s Movement

Visually challenged participants at a workshop framed issues almost exclusively through the lens of their personal experiences and understanding of visual disability, while the articulations of the non-disabled participants revealed a more mixed perspective combining their understanding and assumptions about disability and gender in general. With regard to the connections between the women’s movement and disability rights movement, it was felt that being a part of mainstream society, the women’s movement has, with a few exceptions, also invisibilised disability.

Intergenerational Equity Case Study

The public trust doctrine makes natural resources a part of the commons, owned equally by all, and legally owned by the state. The resources and opportunities that the present generation have inherited must be available to future generations in perpetuity. In the Goa mining case, the Supreme Court wanted to implement intergenerational equity on the grounds of the exhaustion of the iron-ore reserves as well as the widespread damage to the Goan environment and social fabric.

Political Security or Energy Security?

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s decision to buy 80% of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s interests in the Krishna Godavari basin for $1.2 billion could be a calculated gamble. While the deal has been criticised as a rescue operation to save GSPC from bankruptcy, this article attempts to take a more dispassionate look at it both from the angles of commercial interest and promoting India’s energy security. 

 

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