Shikha Sharma

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Does Ujjwala 2.0 hold the answers to India’s air pollution problem?

BUSINESS

Does Ujjwala 2.0 hold the answers to India’s air pollution problem?

The government's decision to recognise clean cooking as a public health necessity was a welcome first step. The results of Ujjwala’s first avatar were exemplary. Its second version could address severe health and gender challenges

Bihar Elections | Not just as voters, women deserve a seat at being elected too

POLITICS

Bihar Elections | Not just as voters, women deserve a seat at being elected too

Since biases decrease with the increasing number of women who run for office and party nominations, implementing reservations for women in assemblies and Parliament could be a critical first step

Why government’s plan to bet big on induction cooking is likely to go up in smoke

BUSINESS

Why government’s plan to bet big on induction cooking is likely to go up in smoke

Over the years, improved cook stoves have been hailed as a miracle technological innovation to handle a host of issues — climate, deforestation, health, women’s empowerment. Yet, it’s also true that more than three decades of effort of pushing these stoves among unwilling recipients has yielded sporadic success

COVID-19 has reiterated the importance of India Post

BUSINESS

COVID-19 has reiterated the importance of India Post

If the humble postal service is serving the larger goal of sustaining democracy in the US, in India, where it works as a bank, pension fund, primary savings instrument and delivery service, it is doing the job of literally saving lives

Right time for a national urban livelihood guarantee scheme

POLITICS

Right time for a national urban livelihood guarantee scheme

Successive governments have continued to overlook the vulnerability of India’s informal urban workforce and the situation this workforce finds itself in. The current crisis, however, presents an opportunity to modernise India’s social safety net

Independence Day | What freedom means for a young India

BUSINESS

Independence Day | What freedom means for a young India

India’s youth may be hungry for change, economic independence, and the freedoms that come with it, but the majority of them fall in one of the three categories: uneducated, unemployed, or unemployable

The changing dynamics of protests around the world

BUSINESS

The changing dynamics of protests around the world

With the gradual lifting of lockdown measures and in the absence of tangible solutions, the frequency, scope and size of protests will likely surge, with more targeted and focused demonstrations expected in coming months

Reopening Schools | Reform education and change the outlook towards schools

BUSINESS

Reopening Schools | Reform education and change the outlook towards schools

The ‘when’ of reopening schools matters, but it is also equally important to think about the ‘why’. If the ‘why’ involves opening schools to catch up with a syllabus, or to hold classes, then chances are we may miss the important steps that we need to reform education

A trade war with China would hurt India more

WORLD

A trade war with China would hurt India more

Given the size and nature of trade, waging a trade war against China by boycotting its goods to avenge a border dispute is an idea that would likely hurt Indian interests far more than Chinese

The vogue world of online classes short-changes India’s underprivileged

TECHNOLOGY

The vogue world of online classes short-changes India’s underprivileged

In the mad rush to ‘go digital’, the needs of millions of India’s poor and rural students are overlooked. They are being deprived of their fundamental right to education

Is China’s loss India’s gain? Maybe not

WORLD

Is China’s loss India’s gain? Maybe not

That China’s loss can translate into India’s gain is a thinking rooted more in wishful thinking and nationalist myopia than on the ground realities

COVID-19 | That women leaders are faring better is simplistic and flawed thinking

WORLD

COVID-19 | That women leaders are faring better is simplistic and flawed thinking

Attributing the accomplishments of women leaders to just their sex detracts from the value of their contribution. It’s furthers the same sexist stereotypes that have historically held women back

COVID-19 | Why it was a bad idea to regulate sale of alcohol during lockdown

POLITICS

COVID-19 | Why it was a bad idea to regulate sale of alcohol during lockdown

The ban cost states dearly in terms of revenue, depriving them of monetary resources at a time when they needed to increase spending on the social sector

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