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Post COVID-19: The Most Adaptable Will Survive

COVID-19 has radically transformed lives. India’s decision to impose a three week lockdown across the country to protect its citizens is unprecedented in scale. Prevention and containment strategies pursued by China, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore have revolved around border controls and barring entry of visitors to break the chain of transmission.

Corona Fallout on Environment and Human Resource

The GoI introduced a 21-day lockdown to flatten the Coronavirus curve. We saw numerous positive impacts on the environment because industries have been shut down, passenger transportation (road, rail, air) is on hold, and humans are locked inside their homes.

Culture Change in Government through Government Process Review: Learnings from the Red Tape Challenge in UK for India

The present bureaucratic structure that operates across the Central government and state government is a colonial legacy. World over, governments that had shown progress both in the inside (process and culture change) as well as outside (outcomes and user satisfaction in public goods) had continuously changed their processes/rules with change in time and technology. The UK government started an initiative called the “Red Tape Challenge” (RTC) in the year 2011.

Technical Textiles, a sun rising sector for Indian Textile Industry

The Textile Industry is one of the oldest industries in India having a range of segments under its umbrella. The industry is spread from hand-woven, an unorganised segment on one end, to a capital-intensive organised mill sector on the other. One of India’s biggest strengths lies in it being the largest producer of cotton & jute and the second largest producer of Man-made fibres and silk globally.

India's Housing Conundrum

Urban areas today face multifaceted challenges such as population growth, changes in family patterns, growing numbers of urban residents living in slums and informal settlements, constrained urban services, emerging concerns of climate change and upsurge in migration.

How the Humble LPG Cylinder Is Changing Lives of Rural Women

On the remote, verdant hills of Baramullah district in north Kashmir lie a clump of hamlets. In one such village, atop a small hillock stays Mehmeet, a forty-two-year-old mother of three, along with her husband, Nasir, and children. A sturdy woman with rosy cheeks and sparkling grey eyes, Mehmeet putters around her house with great alacrity, sending her children to school, feeding the chickens in the hen house, baking bread, making pickles and jams, traveling to the market in the neighbouring village to get supplies, among other daily chores.

A Picture a Day Goes a Long Way

The motorboat chugged along steadily in the autumn twilight on the majestic Brahmaputra. Sailen, the eight-year-old son of my guide, tugged at my sleeve, ‘Look look,’ he pointed with his index finger excitedly. Across from us was a small boat. A man was squatting on it and pulling up a fishing net. My eyes widened as I saw the catch, hundreds of tiny silver fish thrashing about. I smiled at Sailen.

VIDYASHAKTI - Transforming lives of Women through Education

Located a couple of hours away from Guwahati is the picturesque district of Goalpara. The name of the district is said to have derived from 'Gwaltippia' meaning village of the milk men. Goalpara surrounded by West and East Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya on the South, Kamrup District on the East, Dhubri District on the West and mighty Brahmaputra runs all along the North of the district.

 

Weaving the Way for Indian Textile Industry

The textile and apparel industry is one of the earliest industries to have developed in India. Its inherent and unique strength is its incomparable employment potential owing to the presence of the entire value chain from fibre to apparel manufacturing within the country. It is the biggest employer after agriculture and provides direct employment to 4.5 crore people and another 6 crores in allied sectors. India needs to generate jobs that pay well, provide social protection to workers, support efficient production for export markets, and hold the potential for social transformation.

Embracing Technology

Technology has increasingly shown the potential to fix challenges across important socio-economic fields such as financial inclusion and healthcare. A combination of data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and a rising digital footprint in India has led to proliferation of products and services in society. As technology embraces and enhances the daily lives of people in contemporary India, people should readily return the favour, empowering themselves. Facilitating this reverse embrace of technology is essential for Indian public policy.
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