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Last week NIRF 2021 report was released by the union education minister. In this Episode, Dr Parakala speaks about its findings, and shares his reflections on them by putting them in a global perspective. . . . Link to NIRF portal: https://www.nirfindia.org/2021/Ranking.html Link to WIPO Portal: https://www.wipo.int/portal/en/ Link to The Times Hig…
 
In this Episode Dr Parakala looks at the contrasting findings of surveys conducted by india Today (Mood of The Nation) and Morning Consult, and shows how they could help us understand BJP's present reluctance to engagement in Bengal, especially with regard to Bhabanipur by-election. Link to the portal of Morning Consult: morningconsult.com…
 
Parakala talks about the extraordinary act of omission of Jawaharlal Nehru from the Amritmahotsav poster by ICHR and points out it’s pettiness. He contrasts this brazen attempt by the funding body and its minders with the assessment of Nehru by his colleagues, and those the architects of New India claim to draw inspiration from. He says that it is …
 
Parakala dwells on what the recent developments in Afghanistan signal about the west's preparedness to fight for the values of liberal democracy world wide, and their potential to alter the terms of the global discourse on democracy, autocracy, identity, and political legitimacy. And how these events in India's neighbourhood are likely to further p…
 
In this Episode of Midweek Matters, Dr Parakala looks back at all the seven speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from 2014 until last year, and puts this year's speech against the back drop of his utterances in those. And tries to understand from them the shift that has taken place between 2014 and 2021 in the Modi persona and his political and…
 
In this Episode, Dr Parakala speaks about how the Rabbit-Duck Illusion is helpful for us to understand the current political scenario in India. He dwells on how for a large and significant section of the people the Hindu-Hindutva construct of Indian identity did not appear as an acceptable political project for a long time in the country's history.…
 
In this Episode Dr Parakala returns to the population question and examines it from the point of view of demographic dividend. He would also look at the employment and unemployment figures that came out a few days ago, and tries to place the demographic dividend in the context of our population's skills and labour participation rate. Annual Report …
 
Revelations by Pegasus Project have created a storm across the globe. A list of about 50,000 phone numbers from across the globe are accessed by a Paris based non-profit journalism portal. The list of potential and intended targets identified by the clients of NSO Group, the Israeli company that sells military grade spyware Pegasus. In this Episode…
 
Uttar Pradesh announced a new population policy recently. Assam implemented one from 2017. PM Modi expressed concern about population explosion in 2019. In this episode, Dr Parakala examines the data on India's population growth, the trends of total fertility rates over the years, and the projections about India's population growth in the years to …
 
Should Father Stan Swamy have died? Died in this way? Why did it happen? Who is responsible for it? Was the Indian State threatened by Stan Swamy? Why was it threatened? Is our Republic safer today with his death? These questions haunted Dr Parakala. He tried to search for answers. In this Episode, Parakala tells you where the search led him to.…
 
In this episode, Parakala speaks about the important findings of the PEW Report on Religion in India and explores what could be their implications for our polity. He teases out the not so very obvious political messages those findings contain. And examine what do they tell us about the foundations of the present regime's political power. He also tr…
 
Observing the schooling as well as the lack of it of two boys prompted Parakala to look at the larger picture of what’s happening with our children across the country during the Covid lockdown. In this week's episode, Parakala shares with you what he found and speaks about the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 on our children.…
 
There are reports that the Prime Minister is planning to rejig his Cabinet.In this edition, Dr Parakala Prabhakar argues that a Cabinet reshuffle is unlikely to yield much political dividend. What’s more important now is for the government to reset its policies. Especially to reset its policy on the controversial Farm Laws and address the agrarian …
 
In this episode, Parakala deals with Indian Government's attempts to throttle our freedom of expression on the digital platforms; the tech companies unbridled collection of our personal data without our consent, and the safety of our data in the hands of both government and tech companies.Av Parakala Prabhakar
 
Parakala Prabhakar speaks about the inescapable need to immediately constitute an Independent Public Inquiry to scrutinise the roles of our central and state governments, as well the conduct of the public in handling the tragic situation arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.Av Parakala Prabhakar
 
Psychologically, what does Covid mean to the families who lost their dear ones? What does it mean to people who are infected and waging a battle for their lives? What does it mean to those who are treating them? And helping them? What does it mean to the rest of us who are so far safe. But who knows, could be a prey to the deadly virus anytime, any…
 
This week I talk about his mother, and about the condition of migrant labour whom he sees everyday on his street, and tries to understand what does governance in India mean to their lives during the current deeply troubling times of raging Covid-19 pandemic and breakdown of health infrastructure in the country.…
 
Let's examines what the outcome of the state elections, the results of which were announced on May 2nd, would mean to different political formations that were engaged in a bitter fight in four states and one union territory. What implications would the results have for our democratic polity in the coming years. And assess the performance of the rul…
 
This week Parakala Prabhakar examines the narrative of denial of the large scale human tragedy inflicted by Covid-19 that’s unfolding before our eyes, the compelling and inescapable reality on the ground, and then calls out the Faustian bargain some influential sections of India's civil society seemed to have entered into.…
 
This week, we will take a look at the health emergency caused by Covid-19 that is overwhelming us and try to understand what this crisis reveals about the preparedness of union government, accountability in our political system, and numbing of our senses to the large scale human tragedy that’s unfolding before our eyes.…
 
We are readying to celebrate the Amrutmahotsav of our Independence. There are many achievements in the last 75 years of our nation's independent journey to celebrate. But there are also many unfinished tasks. Many new challenges. Many subversions of our efforts. There are explanations, justifications for not being able to do what we had set out to …
 
In less than a month we will know the outcome of the bitter electoral battles that are underway now. Four states and one union territory are in the midst of a no holds barred election campaign. Two major national formations - the BJP and Congress - and three important regional formations - the TMC, AIADMK and DMK - are testing their political fortu…
 
India’s number of poor has increased by 75 million and the middle class has shrunk by 32 million, in the wake of pandemic, according to Pew Research Centre. This need not be an inevitable consequence of the pandemic. The reason why we let so many fall into the hell of poverty is that the government was in denial. It suppressed and/or massaged data.…
 
Developments in the privately funded Ashoka University and the publicly funded Universities BHU, JNU and Jamia are disconcerting. Two eminent academics quit Ashoka. Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Dr Arvind Subramanian. The former was eased out because the university’s founders felt that his writings, critical of the government, were a liability to the…
 
Union Government wants to sell away public sector undertakings and as a part of its privatisation drive wants to sell Vizag Steel Plant. In this week's episode I question the economic rationale behind the government's intent for privatisation. Reforming the PSUs means professionalising its management, eliminating government interference, so that th…
 
In this week’s Midweek Matters, let's deconstruct the renaming of what is now the world’s largest cricket Stadium. The stadium which was called Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad was last week renamed as Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium. What could it mean to the legacy of Sardar Patel? What does it say about the BJP leadership's sense …
 
In this week’s Midweek Matters, Let's unpack the implications of the new IT Rules 2021 for our democratic polity. Modi Government’s indecent hurry to bring in these new regulations to rein in digital news platforms without discussion in Parliament and consultations with civil society and advocacy groups betrays its fear of digital news platforms. A…
 
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