State of Public Finance in India during COVID-19

Financing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic would have been difficult for the Indian government irrespective of its financial and economic health. The authorities responsible for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, the state governments, are acutely hamstrung given the existing federal fiscal framework. Read on to find out how in times of ill-health, amidst the ongoing pandemic crisis, their capacities have been shackled further.

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Regulations and COVID-19 Response: Concerns in the Indian context

Are the Indian regulations and legislative frameworks equipped to combat the COVID-19 crisis? This article locates the responsive measures to COVID-19 in India in its two central legislations and analyses the gaps in regulations that renders the response to the pandemic non-democratic and inadequate. Alok Arunam proposes to drive a shift in the notion and understanding of security from a macro to a micro perspective, rooted in the security of individuals and communities

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Tackling COVID-19: The Need for Effective Capacity Utilisation of Health Professionals

With a doctor-patient ratio of 1:1248, and only 1.5 nurses available per thousand patients, India’s race to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic is a steep uphill battle. The urgency of the situation calls for an immediate planning for effective capacity utilization of health professionals. Rhythm Behl illustrates two methods that can help.

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Trans Inclusion in Corporate India: Ideas, Questions and Challenges

In December 2018, the Mumbai-based Godrej India Culture Lab published a white paper titled ‘A Manifesto for Trans Inclusion in the Indian Workplace’ authored by Nayanika Nambiar and Parmesh Shahani. It sensitises readers to the challenges faced by trans people in Indian society but does not stop at enumerating what is dysfunctional about current systems; it is invested in documenting best practices through case studies and providing corporates with a rigorous blueprint for policies that revolve around trans inclusion. This article aims to offer a critical reading of the manifesto in the light of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 passed by the Indian Parliament, which has been widely critiqued by trans activists themselves, the intended beneficiaries of the new legislation.

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A Feminist Approach to Humanitarian Intervention

Humanitarian intervention refers to a means to prevent or stop a gross violation of human rights in a state, where the state in question is either incapable or unwilling to protect its own people, or is actively persecuting them. By employing a feminist lens, Kirthi Jayakumar makes the case for dispensing with the use of force altogether and engaging in active community-level consent-seeking processes while carrying out an intervention to address large-scale human rights violations in another state

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