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    2021 & Beyond: Building a Roadmap for Education

    Hosted by Sourya Reddy Edited by Malavika VN The Budget for Education reduced by 6% in 2021, leaving many working in the field trying to understand what the road ahead could look like in terms of resource allocation and implementation. Merlia Shaukath, Founder & CEO of Madhi Foundation, shares her views on the matter and helps us think through some key questions; what should collective...

    • 4 days ago
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    Technically Speaking, Why Did Facebook Ban News in Australia? with Peter Lewis

    Hosted by Aarathi Ganesan Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal On February 18th, a couple of weeks ago, Australians woke up to find that they could not access any news sources through Facebook. Early that morning, the tech giant banned news on the Australian section of its platform, in a response to the New Media Bargaining Code. This was part of an ongoing battle in the...

    • 5 days ago
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    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Spy on Me, and I'll Spy on You Too!

    Earlier this month-February 2021-the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched a controversial programme under its cybercrime unit. Called the 'Cyber Volunteers Program', it allows Indian citizens to flag and report illegal and unlawful content found on the Internet. If left at that much, the program sounds neat and tidy enough. But, as is the case with almost...

    • 5 days ago
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    Education During Times of COVID-19: From the Private School Practitioner's Lens

    The highly uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic was frustrating for many private schools across the country. Across the country, over 1,000 budget private schools were put up for sale given the often unsustainable demands they were subjected to by various stakeholders. Because of the sudden economic slowdown, parents were unable to pay school fees-the chief...

    • 5 days ago
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    Why the Privatisation of Schooling Hasn't Improved the Quality of Indian Education

    Over the past few decades, parents have overwhelmingly shifted their children from government-run schools to private schools. The 4 lakh+ private schools in India [1] now account for almost 50% of the total student enrollments in India. In multiple sectors of the economy, we have seen that private sector players offer better quality than government ones, and the...

    • 6 days ago
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    Mega 'Eco'tourism Project Questions Wetland Ownership and Livelihoods in Manipur's Loktak Lake

    About 45 kilometres from Manipur's capital city Imphal lies an ecological marvel. A string of wetlands and round floating biomass - locally called phumdis - take form in Loktak, which is north-east India's largest freshwater lake. Loktak lives up to its name, which in Meitei translates to "where streams end": close to 30 rivers...

    • 6 days ago
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    The Tired Mom Continuum: The Silent Fatigue of Motherhood

    There was a time not too long ago when each night, only a few steps between their beds and the bathroom, our sons would dilly dally. They'd find a trivial distraction to avoid brushing their teeth-like routine face-offs-until the situation escalated into a shouting match. This ritual is followed by my third child, an eight-year-old, who repeats this decade-old need for supervision!...

    • a week ago
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    Technically Speaking, How Important is the PDP Bill for India? with Yashovardhan Azad

    Hosted by Sourya Reddy Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal The Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), 2019, was tabled in the Parliament in the winter session of 2019. However, in March 2020, the Bill was sent to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), and has since been in review, in consultation with experts since. How important is this Bill for India? What are some...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Dissent and Solidarities: Analysing Free Speech for Environmental Activists

    This is not the first time that this government has tried to muzzle free speech under the guise of applying "reasonable restrictions". What's more, the imposition of penal provisions by the Delhi Police - of sedition, criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity with different groups, and rioting against Disha Ravi from Fridays for Future India (FFF India), and...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Meet Hydrogen, the New Fuel in Town

    Imagine owning a car that has zero emissions - except, this one isn't by a battery-powered electric vehicle. Feels like an unlikely possibility? It's really not. In 2020, India tested its first-ever hydrogen fuel cell prototype vehicle successfully . This fascinating technology splits water into oxygen and hydrogen, which then produces electricity that powers the vehicle. In other words, the...

    • 2 weeks ago

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