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Assam, where killing of five Bengalis has led to another language flashpoint (Relevant for GS prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

The killing of five Bengalis in eastern Assam’s Sadiya on November 1 has led to an uneasy calm in a State divided over language amid a bid by the Central government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Why the controversy? The Assamese and the Bengali, the two largest linguistic groups in the northeastern region, … Continued

Amritsar disaster: avoidable tragedy (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper GS Mains Paper I; Disaster Management)

59 people killed by moving train The ghastly Dasara disaster at Amritsar that has left 59 people dead is a harsh reminder, if any were needed, that government departments have not yet taken official protocols for safety at mass gatherings seriously. In the aftermath of the entirely preventable carnage, in which spectators crowding a railway … Continued

Explained: What is the Sabarimala pilgrimage, how did restriction on women come about? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

On Wednesday, the Sabarimala temple opened its doors for the first time since a Supreme Court ruling allowed women of all ages to enter the temple. As the controversy continues with protesters not allowing women to enter the temple, a look at what the pilgrimage is about: Sabarimala Deity & temple Lord Ayyappan is the … Continued

Should India have two time zones? National timekeeper adds new arguments (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

OVER THE years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. The demand is based on the huge difference in daylight times between the country’s longitudinal extremes, and the costs associated with following the same time zone. Those arguing against the idea, on the other hand, cite impracticability … Continued

#MeToo: The hashtag came last year, but the expression was already 10 years old (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

Over the last couple of weeks, India has seen a return of the #MeToo phenomenon, with women calling out sexual misconduct and harassment by scores of men from the worlds of film, television, journalism, business, art, writing, and stand-up comedy. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke Exactly a year ago, on October 15, 2017, American actor Alyssa … Continued

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