Student bodies play a critical role not only in the lives of the students but also have a great deal of influence on the larger political discourse in the country.

The dynamic nature of elections to the student bodies helps build and preserve a healthy political culture and an atmosphere of debate and discourse on the campus. | Source: Creative Commons

Student politics in India continues to influence political discourse in the country and has played a key role in mobilizing youth on socio-political issues. Most of these student bodies are affiliated with political parties and their elections are heavily funded by the political patrons. This has often pushed campus politics to the centre stage of the political scenario of a state and the country.

Campus politics has often merged into…


In India, mid-day meals in government schools are seen as a tool to provide not only quality education but also introduce intervening measures in nutrition and health.

Mid-day meals are known to help in reducing the financial burden on poor households while also ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food for school-going children. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

A study published in June 2021 in Nature Communications, a scientific journal published by Nature Research, highlights the intergenerational benefits of mid-day meal schemes in improving the health standards of children in India. The study, authored by researchers from the University of Washington and the International Food Policy Research Institute, points to an improved height-to-age ratio in children of mothers who could access the mid-day meals (MDM) when they were attending school. The…


Note: The original version of this article was published on September 15th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

Earlier in September, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar announced the creation of a National Farmers’ Database containing the records of over 5.5 crore farmers. Tomar also announced that the number of farmers included in the database would increase to 8 crores by December 2021 by linking it with state-wise land record databases. This initiative is part of Agristack, a collection of technologies and digital databases on India’s farmers and the agricultural sector. These are being built by the central government to help farmers…


The peace talks have gotten back on track after the recent headways, the central question here is that with multiple Naga factions still out of the peace accord, where is the peace process on the Naga conflict headed after this major change in leadership.

Seventeen Naga tribes and twenty more sub-tribes united under the Naga National Council (NNC) in August 1947 to protest and demand an independent Nagaland | Source: Wikimedia Commons

On 8th September 2021, the Centre signed a ceasefire agreement with the Niki Sumi faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland Khaplang (K), one of the many factions of the larger Naga representative body, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). The ceasefire came through just a few weeks after Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi was given the…


BSP seems to have lost its ability to bring the Dalit vote together even as the Akalis are at risk of facing abandonment from its traditional support base of Sikhs.

Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party have revived an old partnership by forming an alliance for the 2022 Assembly Elections in Punjab | Source: Wikimedia Commons

With the 2022 Assembly Elections less than six months away, politics in the state of Punjab is already in turmoil. The Indian National Congress (INC) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have retained their space as the two main contenders in the state. Other parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are looking to play an ancillary role. The…


Note: The original version of this article was published on September 8th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

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During the Krishnotsava programme in Lucknow on 30 August, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a complete ban on the sale of liquor and meat in Mathura. The region around Mathura-Vrindavan, extending to Agra and Aligarh, is considered Krishnabhoomi (the land of Krishna) and is hence considered sacred to Hindus. While no details about how this ban will come into effect have been revealed, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath put forth the suggestion that those who were involved in liquor and meat sale…


Note: The original version of the article was published on September 1st, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

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Leaders from the opposition as leaders from parties that support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government have been voicing their strong support for a caste-based census. Opposition leaders and proponents of the caste-based census have highlighted that the availability of caste-based data that includes OBCs will help improve government programmes and efforts designed for them. The BJP government has refused to do the same, stating that it is a “matter of policy”. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on August 25th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

Western Uttar Pradesh is known for farming and politics of sugarcane | Photograph by Land Rover Our Planet | Creative Commons

A year after the start of the farmers’ protest around the borders of the capital, hundreds of farmers continue their fight, expressing their discontentment against the three new farm laws passed by the central government. The farmers’ disgruntlement with the central and other state governments is likely to dominate the electoral discourse in the poll-bound states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. Assembly elections in all these states are scheduled to be held in 2022. The issues of farmers, and agriculture…


Note: The original version of the article was published on August 18th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

In March 2020, as cases of COVID-19 began to rise in India, millions of schools across the country shut down, to protect young children and communities from the risk of infection. Today, about one and a half years later, most students continue to be confined to online schooling. Many from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, castes, communities, especially girls, have dropped out of school completely in disproportionate numbers.

According to data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the duration of school…


Note: The original version of the article was published on August 4th 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

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The Uttarakhand Assembly elections are scheduled to take place in February 2022, to elect 70 members to the state’s Assembly. Over the last few months, the internal politics of the state took national stage leading to the resignation of two Chief Ministers in one year. In March this year, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat resigned after large-scale dissatisfaction against his government, after which Tirath Singh Rawat was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state. However, the troubles of the Bharatiya…

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