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Varavara Rao, Nikhil Gogoi, Sai Baba: State 'determined' to let dissenters die in jail

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India's premier human rights organization, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has demanded immediate transfer of well-known Telugu poet-activist Varavara Rao, 81, currently jailed in a Mavi Mumbai jail, to a specialised hospital, as he is seriously ill. An undertrial and not a convict yet, the veteran radical poet was arrested for his alleged Maoist links during the Bhima Koregaon violence in August 2018.
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Atmanirbhar Bharat: Do Indian buyers have the mindset to ignore Chinese products?

By NS Venkataraman*
India imports several essential and non-essential products from China ranging from buttons, zippers, toys and furniture to chemical and pharma products such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, and citric acid, as also electronic goods and solar equipment. This is happening despite the fact that India has the skill and knowledge to make most of these products.

Coal blocks to corporates to affect people's health, pollute air, water: Letter to PM

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As many as 140 concerned individuals and civil society organizations led by Dr Rajendra Singh, known as the “waterman of India”, have strongly protested against the Government of India move to auction 41 coal blocks in several states, stating, the mining in those areas would adversely affect the river catchments, reduce the water inflows and also pollute the water that is consumed not only by the tribal communities who reside in the forest areas but also by the communities that live downstream.

Urgently shift jailed poet-activist Varavara Rao to JJ Hospital: Romila Thapar, others

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Top academics led by historian Romila Thapar, all of them petitioners in the Supreme Court matter of the Bhima Koregaon arrests, have in a fresh appeal to the Maharashtra government and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to urgently facilitate hospitalisation and provide proper treatment to veteran Telugu poet and writer P Varavara Rao, currently languishing in Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai. Rao is 81.

Environmentalist warns of eco-destruction at MSU, Gujarat's cultural-academic seat

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In a letter to the vice-chancellor, the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda, known for long to be one of the few institutions in Gujarat which have had consistently high academic reputation, well-known environmentalist Rohit Prajapati has sought what he calls “measurable, accountable, and eco-centric steps” for safeguarding a major urban tributary of Vishwamitri river.

Demographic dividend? Jobs 'elude' youth as 55-60 lakh enter labour market each year

By Balwant Singh Mehta, Apoorva Gupta, Anshula Mehta* 
The World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 each year to highlight the challenges and opportunities of increasing population. In this context, to check the reality of much debated topic of ‘Demographic Divided’ in India is warranted. India’s demography has been a major talking point in the policy circles, international and national level conferences and summits.

'Indifferent' to Gujarat farmers, insurance cos' social media campaign on LinkdIn, Twitter

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A new study on the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), a crop insurance scheme introduced in April 2016 replacing the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and the Modified National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), has claimed that increasing number of farmers are becoming indifferent towards it because of the failure of the insurance companies refusing to reach of to the farmers in need.

Gujarat model in action: How PM scheme for farmers benefited insurance companies

By Vijoo Krishnan*
The analysis of the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in Gujarat by Persis Ginwalla is a timely and very important study of the flagship Scheme. It is a pioneering work that unravels the truth about the government claims and the reality on the ground. The author has resorted to the use of actual experiences of the farmers -- the intended beneficiaries of the PMFBY on the ground -- as well as information from government sources, Parliament questions, newspapers and online portals.

Cruel legacy of Green Revolution? Covid-19 underscores 'risky, fragile' food system

By Moin Qazi*  The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the risks of an unhealthy diet and the extreme fragility of food systems. The economic reconstruction that will follow the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to provide better nutrition and health to all. The pandemic should spur us to redefine how we feed ourselves, and agricultural research can play a vital role in making our food systems more sustainable and resilient.

Ladakh standoff: India's National Security Strategy 'dithered, delayed', slow to take off

By Niki Sharma, Abhimanyu Hazarika*
The events at different points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on June 15, mark a new low in terms of foreign policy. It also presents the hardest challenge yet in terms of dealing with a crisis that threatens not just established border demarcations, but the morale and dignity of our forces and citizenry. The border fury is also a testament of how, despite several peace talks and agreements, there is no ironclad guarantee that the two countries will not have more such violent clashes at the LAC.