The vaccine’s availability in high incidence regions of the world such as India will go a long way in eliminating the incidence and the burden of malaria

The Plasmodium parasites which causes malaria enters the human body through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. Measures such as indoor residual spraying are used to control the mosquito population | Source: Wikimedia Commons

On 6th October 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved the world’s first anti-malaria vaccine called the RTS,S or Mosquirix. The vaccine, in…


Note: The original version of the article was published on October 13th in “The Daily Guardian”

The Jat community forms a significant vote bank in UP and has the potential to impact the upcoming assembly polls | Source: Wikimedia Commons

On 3 October 2021, the visuals of a convoy of vehicles running over protesting farmers in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh were plastered over mobile phones and television screens. Eight people, including…


Note: The original version of this article was published on September 29th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

AAP does not have a credible face from Punjab with 21.6% of the respondents saying that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is their preferred choice to be the next chief minister | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Since 2017, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has been contesting Assembly elections in at least 14 states outside Delhi but has failed to win even a single seat in 13 states. The only…


Note: The original version of this article was published on October 6th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

The programme aims to vaccinate nearly 20% of the population in Advance Market Commitment countries, i.e. low-to-middle income countries | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced that India would be resuming COVID-19 vaccine exports, under Vaccine Maitri — in the fourth quarter of this year — in order to fulfil its…


The Left’s inability to reinvent itself and its stubbornness to stick to the theories and slogans that defined their movement decades ago has made it obsolete in 21st century politics.

The golden run of Indian Left continued into the 1990s and early 2000s. The CPM played the kingmaker in the age of coalitions, becoming the glue for disparate political parties to come together and form the government | Source: Creative Commons

From ruling West Bengal for more than three decades and providing support to coalition alliances at the center, the Left…


Contesting elections at the college level is often considered as a stepping stone to a career in state and national politics.

Student organizations often play a mouthpiece for their parent political parties to leverage the youth vote and induct them into the party cadre | Source: SFI website

From Raj Thackeray and Sharad Pawar to Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari, several top leaders from across political parties started their careers as student leaders in universities of Maharashtra…


Note: The original version of this article was published on September 22th, 2021 in “The Daily Guardian”

Aiming to bring more transparency in the electoral funding, in January 2013, the UPA government notified the Electoral Trust Scheme | Source: Creative Commons

All eyes have been on the Indian National Congress (INC) in Punjab this week, as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh handed in his resignation, stating the party’s upper management “humiliated” him, months before the…


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…


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…


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…

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