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    Reforming Ayurveda During COVID-19

    Research by Isha Malaviya Presented & edited by Sumit Krishna Yadav Last week, Baba Ramdev announced Coronil and Swasari Vati as a "cures" for COVID-19. However, just a few days later, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. stated that it never claimed that its new drug could cure the dreaded virus. While the world battles on to find a solution to end the pandemic, misinformation like this continue to spread like...

    • a week ago
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    Shared Atmosphere, Equal Responsibility? Enter, Climate Debt

    One of the greatest scientific discoveries was made in the 1700s. It was the realization that coal could be used to turn water into steam. The world hasn't looked back since then, going down a path of rapid industrialization that has borne fruits of technology and greater efficiency at the cost of accelerating changes in the environment we live in. Although the effects of such...

    • a week ago
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    Privatizing Coal: Things To Know

    In the hopes of infusing new life into the Indian economy, the Government of India has opened up coal production in the country to private players. Coal production has always been a hot topic of debate owing to its business potential on one hand and adverse environmental effects on the other. However, to truly understand how privatization can alter both these aspects, it is essential for us to examine the past...

    • a week ago
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    Feminism in India x The Bastion: #TheSportsEdit

    Being the long-standing readers of The Bastion that you are, you probably already know that 'sport for development' is a core aspect of our coverage. Why? Because there is so much more to sport and physical activity than meets the eye-if taught well and systematically, sports and sports education can inculcate invaluable values and skills in people. And yet, in the Indian context, little...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Of Syndemics and Stigma: Understanding COVID-19 Beyond the Pandemic

    As we battle the pandemic, other factors beyond the biomedical come into play. These have to do with the social and life worlds occupied unevenly by the vast populations affected by COVID-19. More than a pandemic, the age of COVID-19 is poised, given the specific conditions of the social, on the cusp of a syndemic. A syndemic is a synergistic epidemic , where two or more...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    Jayanti Behera is Running Against All Odds

    If there were any reason for people to visit Sakhigopal, a quaint town on the coast of Odisha, it would probably be to pay a visit to the Puri Jagannath Temple or for the town's coconut plantations. Kunja Behera is a daily-wage labourer in Sakhigopal who toils away to support his large family that includes his wife, three daughters, and a son. As if livelihood struggles weren't enough to deal...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    #Dialogues: Reforming Sports Quotas in India With Nandan Kamath

    In the first part of our #Dialogues series on sports quotas, Nandan Kamath from GoSports Foundation, The Sports Law & Policy Centre and LawNK spoke about the essence of the sports quota system and the current issues that restrict its potential. Following the same vein, in our second video, Mr. Kamath explores the multitude of approaches that can be taken to ensure that the...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    The Risky Business of Large Hydropower Dams

    On 23 April 2020, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC)-the panel under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change that approves forest clearance for projects-had listed 12 agendas for the day's discussion. Third of this list was the 3097 MW Etalin HydroElectric Project in Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. Since the Project coincides with a mega-biodiversity region, much of the...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    Of Quality, Capacity and Job Security: 25% EWS Reservation Holds Answers for Schooling Post-Lockdown

    There is a lot of uncertainty over how schooling will look like post-lockdown. Can schools run full scale? Will learning happen through TV and/or the Internet? What will happen to those who can't afford to pay school fees? Will children from private schools shift to public schools? For perspective, as of 2020, about 30 to 40 per cent (~79...

    • 4 weeks ago
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    #Dialogues: Understanding Sports Quotas With Nandan Kamath

    In a nutshell, sports quota reservations in universities and colleges provide budding athletes with a platform to excel in their respective sport and to receive higher education. However, what is the reasoning behind having such a reservation in the first place? Moreover, are there sufficient protocols set in place to ensure that the system is transparent and accountable? We had covered...

    • 4 weeks ago

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